This was a duplicate of a previous bottle. More like a glopy Belle Glos (which I hate) than a Hansel. My least favorite Hansel pinot ever. Not sure why my bottles have been so bad when everyone else has had good ones. Not even worthy of describing further.
One of my favorite California wineries, but I suspect this is probably not going to be as elegant as a typical Hansel pinot. I was correct, this is nearly-opaque and very dark purple in the glass ... not the typical Hansel translucent red color. Aromas of rich,very ripe, dark-berry fruits appear immediately on opening with baking spices emerging later. Big, rich, ripe, lush and juicy on the palate with a full body, creamy texture, firm structure, slightly drying tannins and some rough edges. Still very vibrant and fresh, and simply huge -- somewhat in the style of a Belle Gloss (which I hate). I never would have guessed this for a pinot, much less a Hansel pinot. Will not score this as while I think it is a very flavorful, well-made wine, it is simply way too rich for my pinot palate.
Medium ruby red in color. Forward, attractive & fragrant nose of still youthful & developing, ripe fruit aromas of red cherries, strawberries & blueberries with spicy overtones of cloves & cinnamon, orange rind, earthy notes, dusty, cola, minerals and toasty oak & vanilla undertones. Medium bodied with a good concentration of well balanced, smooth textured, youthful, ripe red fruit flavors of tart cherries, strawberries & cranberries with spice notes of cloves, earthy, some cherry-cola, cocoa, minerals with toasty oak & a touch of vanilla. Lingering finish. Drinks quite well at present although it will continue its development with further aging.
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