Walter Hansel Cuvee Alyce Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017

Original Price $44.99
Current Price $39.97

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94pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

94pts Antonio Galloni's Vinous

We don't really have much to add to the Wine Advocate and Vinous raves reviews. The Walter Hansel Cuvee Alyce Russian River Chardonnay is a wonderfully expressive Chardonnay, offering a myriad of flavors from stone fruit to delicate herbs and spices with gorgeous body and depth. Get some now!

Robert Parker Jr's Wine Advocate:  "The 2017 Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce opens with new oak aromas of toast, smoke, nutmeg and a gunflint hint with pie crust, spiced red apples, warm yellow peaches and loads of savory nuances—honey, hazelnuts, dried hay—at the core. Medium to full-bodied, it packs a wallop of flavor in the mouth, giving up oodles of warm fruits, spices and savory flavors, with great freshness to lift the very long, layered finish. This is fabulous! Give it another couple years in bottle. Drink 2021-2030. 892 cases produced. The Hansel wines, besides being delicious, provide excellent value. Bravo!" Dec 2019

Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "The 2017 Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce is dense, powerful and creamy, delivering tremendous textural richness and resonance. Apricot, orchard fruit, dried flowers, chamomile and mint all flesh out in this deep, beautifully layered Chardonnay. Today, the 2017 is quite closed, but that should not be an issue when the wine is eventually released in a few years' time. Drink 2021-2030." May 2019

Trade Notes:  "The Chardonnay is whole-cluster pressed into French oak for fermentation. The primary fermentation lasts 2-3 weeks and the malolactic fermentation can last into the following spring. Cuvee Alyce is a barrel selection of the most concentrated barrels from all of the Hansel Estate Vineyard sites. Alyce tends to be the most opulent of the Chardonnays from Walter Hansel with beautiful depth and richness."

Bottle 750ml, cork
Varietal Chardonnay
Alcohol 14.5%
Aging 10 months in French oak barrels, 50% new, 50% 1 year old
Region Russian River Valley, California
Production Limited to 892 dozen
Original Price $44.99
Current Price $39.97

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