2020 Vintage Wine Notes:
The 2020 Vintage yielded the smallest crop in the history of Walter Hansel Winery. The rule for small crops is they usually yield great flavors and depth as the skins are thicker and are in a greater proportion to the juice. Our 2020 Vintage is no exception.
2020 also created the most anxiety during harvest that I have ever experienced. August lightening started fires 20-30 mile to our northwest. Smoke was drifting in our direction but fortunately the fires were too remote to cause damage. As a precaution, I had the grapes tested for smoke prior to harvest and none was detected. In March, I tested the fermented wine and, again, the lab technician reported none detected.
After tasting through our 2020’s, I can attest that they are excellent wines that just keep improving. The Chardonnays are fresher than some vintages because of the acidity levels, and due to the fact, I used a very low percentage of new oak. The Pinot Noirs have great color and acid due to the small crop and much more fruit because of the low new oak treatment.
Although we produced 30% of normal, our prices remain the same as prior years. This is our reward for your continued patronage.