Walt

Owner(s) Craig Hall, Kathryn Hall
 
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Craig and Kathryn Hall of Hall wines acquired Roessler Cellars in 2010 and reincarnated the label as Walt, the maiden name of Kathryn, to honor Kathryn's parents, Bob and Delores Hall. In 2010 the Halls partnered with Roger Roessler, the former co-owner of Roessler Cellars.

It is an ambitious entry into Pinot Noir and Chardonnay under the winemaking direction of Steve Leveque, who also crafts the Hall Napa Valley wines. Vineyard partners are located in the Anderson Valley, Sonoma County, Sta. Rita Hills, and the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Walt will offer 10 Pinot Noirs and 2 Chardonnays from the 2010 vintage.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Walt Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

15.4% alc., 559 cases, $N/A. Clone 115 from a lower-vigor section and Pommard from gravely slopes. Native yeast fermentation, aged in 55% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. Shy fruit emerges slowly on the nose which is dominated by aromas of oak-driven briar and hazelnut. Impressive attack of black raspberry, blackberry and spiced plum fruit accented by dark chocolate and sweet oak. Somewhat earthy and savory with dry, proportioned tannins and some finishing intensity. Done well in its style. Score: 90. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Walt Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 1,114 cases, $N/A. Clones 667 and 115. Native yeast fermentation, aged in 65% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is scented with a mix of darker berries and graham. Soft and polished in the mouth, this fruit-driven wine features black raspberry, blackberry and plum flavors which veer to the ripe side. Lacks nuance and finishes with a strong sense of alcohol. Score: 87. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Walt La Brisa Sonoma County Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 2,594 cases, $40. A blend from several select vineyards including Widdoes, Kozlowski, Martinelli, Gregori and Gap’s Crown. Native yeast fermentation, aged in 40% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Perfumed with black cherry, spice, oak and a subtle floral note. Modest in weight but flavorful with notes of black cherry, spice and anise-laced oak. The tannins and alcohol are integrated and the wine is easy to drink. Score: 88. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Walt Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.9% alc., 442 cases, $50. Sourced from a Dutton vineyard west of Sebastopol in the coolest region of the Russian River Valley. Goldridge soils. Native yeast fermentation, aged in 35% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Pleasant aromas of lemon pie filling, yellow peach and nutty oak are echoed on the palate which is silky. The finish is citrus-driven and refreshing, but offers a sense of alcohol. Score: 87. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Walt Rita’s Crown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 825 cases, $65. Native yeast fermentation, aged in 60% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose smells of oak and spice with little to no fruit. Bombastic purple fruits with sculpted, firm tannins. Rather monotone, entering stronger than it exits. The fruit is still buried in fruit and tannins. The plush, velvety texture is a highlight. Score: 88. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Walt Sierra Mar Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

15.5% alc., 168 cases, $65 (sold out). Native yeast fermentation, aged in 50% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Done well in its style, this wine features appealing aromas of black raspberry, violets, nutty oak and sandalwood. The mid to full-bodied core of earthy black raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruits are very plush. A rich entry and rich finish. The prodigious fruit tries to keep the wine in balance but a touch of alcoholic heat peaks out at the end. Score: 89. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Walt La Brisa Sonoma County Chardonnay

14.4% alc., $35.Walt Wines is owned by vintners Kathryn Walt Hall and Craig Hill who partnered with artisan vintner Roger Roessler. A blend of Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast vineyards (Dutton Ranch and Sangiacomo Vineyard). Old Wente clone. · Moderate golden straw color and clear in the glass. Aromas of lemon meringue, honey, poached pear, stewed apples and fresh cut grass. A solid wine with appealing flavors of vanilla pudding with pineapple, baked pear, nori and a hint of oak. A bright cut of acidity brings the wine to life and leads to a refreshing finish. Good. Reviewed May 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Walt Blue Jay Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

15.2% alc., 1,875 cases, $40. Sourced from Hein, Savoy, Anderson Creek and other vineyards. Native yeast fermentation, unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Lavishly perfumed with aromas of black raspberry jam, pepper, spice and oak with a very slight funky barnyard note. On the palate the wine is juicy and forward with flavors of dark red and black raspberries, black cherries, baking spices and seasoned oak. A discreetly concentrated offering with some finishing power. Score: 87. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Walt La Brisa Sonoma County Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 1,051 cases, $40. La Brisa is Spanish for “The Breeze.” Sourced from multiple vineyards throughout the Russian River Valley including Widdoes, Martinelli, Gregori, and the Gap’s Crown in the Sonoma Coast. Native yeast fermentation, unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Delicate aromas and flavors of Bing cherry, red berries and oak. Relatively light in weight but charming with soft tannins and some finishing length. A solid if not inspiring wine that displays plenty of oak imprint. Score: 88. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Walt Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.8% alc., 1,009 cases, $60. Dutton Ranch and Sangiacomo Vineyard. Old Wente clone. Native yeast fermentation, unfined and unfiltered. · Light golden straw color and clear in the glass. Shy, but inviting aromas of Asian pear, lemon drop, brewed lemon tea and a hint of juicy fruit. A statuesque wine that has a charming restraint but offers a very pleasurable array of flavors including lemon, pear, and green apple. No imposing oak to spoil the experience. This is a wine that unfolds slowly, showing a different nuance a little at a time. Very good. Reviewed May 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Walt Hein Family Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 250 cases, $52, release June 29, 2012. From a vineyard owned by Richard Roessler which is farmed organically. Clones 777, 115 and Pommard. 30% whole clusters. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Inviting aromas of boysenberries and plum. Pleasing array of dark berry flavors in a mid weight style with a very polished, satiny mouth feel. Very good. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »