2017 Walter Hansel Russian River Estate Pinot Noir$39.99
Since we blew thru 10 cases of Walter Hansel Chardonnay yesterday, we thought it would be fitting to offer his best buy Pinot Noir. Like we mentioned yesterday Walter Hansel makes great wines at prices everyone can afford. This is so refreshing in today’s wine world where prices on many average Sonoma County Pinot Noirs are well over $100 a bottle. The 2017 Hansel Estate Pinot Noir was really singing when we tasted it last week. It had the wonderful fruit we all love from Russian River Pinot Noir, coupled with incredible balance, energy, and a long lingering finish. Antonio Galloni’s review below is pretty spot on, this is a great bottle of Pinot Noir you don’t want to miss!
Antonio Galloni 94 pts! The 2017 Pinot Noir The Estate Vineyard offers an intriguing combination of the raciness of the vintage, but with plenty of underlying structure and more than enough freshness to keep things in balance. Dark cherry, plum, spice and floral notes are all nicely delineated in this vibrant, super-expressive Pinot Noir from Hansel. I really like the energy here. (Drink between 2020-2032)