Always an excellent stop in the Russian River Valley, we love Walter Hansel for its outstanding price-quality. Walter Hansel makes some of our favorite domestic Chardonnay, and the North Slope Vineyard is another excellent example of the commitment to quality. We have another excellent 2018 Chardonnay from the great Russian River Adress, this time from a vineyard we haven't offered before, The North Slope Vineyard. This vineyard starts just 4 feet from the end of the South Slope Vineyard and is planted to a French Clone of Chardonnay called 115. The wines here show incredible expression and purity of fruit with opulence held by fine knit acidity. The 2018s that we have tasted from Walter Hansel have been exceptional and some of the best we have ever tasted from here. The North Slope is another excellent value from this address that once again has new and old-world appeal.
Wine Advocate (Erin Brooks) 94 points! "The 2018 Chardonnay North Slope Vineyard is scented of toast, flit and roasted almonds with a core of baked apples and touches of honey. The medium-bodied palate is fresh and satiny, slowly unfolding its savory flavors and finishing very long. 910 cases produced."
Antonio Galloni 92 points! "The 2018 Chardonnay The North Slope Vineyard is one of the more overt, textured wines in this lineup. Apricot, orange peel, spice and butter infuse the 2018 with attractive layers of nuance. Silky, open-knit and super expressive, the 2018 will drink well right out of the gate. Readers should expect a generous, unctuous style."