2005 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Estate (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

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Good effort. Seems larger styled than I remember. Definitely pretty stuffed and has the tell-tale orange zest aroma and flavor I so often find in Stephen’s wines. A bit wild right now, it lacks a bit of elegance, but the fruit is very pure. I think this will develop nicely, but it’s a more stereotypical California Pinot than I’m used to from older vintages of Walter Hansel wines (pre-2003).

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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