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Walter Hansel Cuvee Alyce Pinot Noir 2013

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Exhibits an opulent blackcurrant and black cherry fruitiness, forest floor, a touch of vanilla from 60% new French oak and a round, generous, complete mouthfeel. 1010 cases produced.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Russian River Valley
Brand Walter Hansel
Alcohol/vol 14.2%
  • wa93+

Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce, which is made from a field blend of Dijon clones 115 and 777, is also backward and restrained. I can totally understand Stephen Hansel's statement that the 2013 Pinots are very European with their reserved character. This is a big wine, dense, ruby in color, with terrific fruit intensity, but the tannins still dominate, and the wine has good acidity and a backward personality. It's not austere by any means and should blossom fully with another 1-2 years of bottle age. It could turn out to be a low- to mid-90 pointer. It's certainly capable of lasting at least a decade.

Robert Parker