2005 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir South Slope (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley

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California, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, USA

Popped and poured. Ahhh. This is like visiting with an old friend. Light garnet red color. Classic Hansel nose of smoky red fruit and earth. Great balance on the palate and super long finish. Earth and red currants dominate on the palate and the earth and tobacco/leather dominate the finish. It seems more viscous than the 2002 and 2003 versions, but shows the funk and character of those two vintages for Hansel. Great stuff from one of the truly nice guys in wine making in Sonoma.

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