Walter Hansel Winery Cuvée Alyce Chardonnay 2018

$36

95 points - new release                            Walter Hansel's Cuvee Alyce Chardonnay is a beautiful, hand-crafted 100% Chardonnay from one of our favorite boutique producers down the road from Kistler. Limited. 93 points Antonio Galloni:  "The 2018 Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce is rich and vivid, yet also light on its feet. A wine of real personality and character, the Alyce is intense and yet not at all heavy. Lemon peel, almond, dried flowers and sweet spice are all nicely lifted in a class, understated Chardonnay that will drink well with minimal cellaring." Robert Parker: "...This is an enviable winery run by Stephen Hansel with exceptionally high-quality Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs that he sells at modest prices, which speaks to his humility and commitment to serious wine consumers. There are more than 80 acres of estate, so it is not small, split evenly between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. He breaks the cuvées down by their vineyard terroir/site."

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Ratings on Delectable

Jonathan Wall Delectable Pro

This Hansel was beautiful. Started out tight on acidity but calmed down and balanced nicely after a few hours. Bought another. Cheers.

This Hansel was beautiful. Started out tight on acidity but calmed down and balanced nicely after a few hours. Bought another. Cheers.

9.2

Bruce Dunbar

While I’ll never be known as a lover of California chardonnay, this is a very good one. The Cuvée Alyce is light on its feet with notes of honey and pear, a touch of oak, and great balancing acidity.

While I’ll never be known as a lover of California chardonnay, this is a very good one. The Cuvée Alyce is light on its feet with notes of honey and pear, a touch of oak, and great balancing acidity.

8.6

P J

Very subtle, soft on the pallet with some butter and understated fruit.

Very subtle, soft on the pallet with some butter and understated fruit.

8.5

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