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2014 Walter Hansel North Slope ChardonnayChardonnay from United States

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"This vineyard site slopes 40 feet South to North with terrific sun exposure throughout the day and into the sunset. This is a field blend of French clone 95 and clone 76. Thes...

  • 93 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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"The 2014 Chardonnay The North Slope comes from sandy, rich and fertile Goldridge soils. This wine exhibits plenty of honeyed brioche, with a greenish hue to its light-gold color, followed by notes of buttery hazelnuts, poached pear, pineapple and citrus oil. This is French in style as well, but with an almost lavish richness like a top-flight French Bâtard-Montrachet. It should drink well for 5-6 years.

Some of the best values in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir emerge from Stephen Hansel’s winery in the Russian River Valley. Hansel reduced the crop size by 20%-30% through crop thinning in 2014 because of irregular berry size and improved the level of concentration. All of the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are bottled unfiltered."

Product Description:

"This vineyard site slopes 40 feet South to North with terrific sun exposure throughout the day and into the sunset. This is a field blend of French clone 95 and clone 76. These wines tend to show their Burgundy heritage.

Our processes are done in a way that each wine is allowed to express its unique character; never compromising the wine's freshness, finesse or texture. We hand harvest and manually sort; once in the vineyard and once in the winery. The Chardonnay is whole-cluster pressed into French oak for fermentation. The primary fermentation lasts 2-3 weeks and the maloactic fermentation can last until early spring of the next year.

Every vineyard block is traced from the harvest bins to the barrel to the settling tank before bottling." -Winery

Product Detail

Item # 101638
Country United States
Region California
Sub-Region Sonoma
Ratings

93 - Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2014
Color White
ABV 14.0%
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla
Nose apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla