Walter Hansel Winery Cuvée Alyce Pinot Noir 2013

$42

93 Points                                    Another beautiful small-production Pinot Noir from Walter Hansel who continues to make a small amount of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay down the road from Kistler, at unbelievably sane prices.  Stock up while available. 93+ Points Robert Parker: "The 2013 Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce is made from a field blend of Dijon clones 115 and 777. 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... ...Some of the best values in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir emerge from Stephen Hansel’s winery in the Russian River Valley. He also has the wonderful Walter Hansel Wine & Bistro on Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa.

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Ratings on Delectable

Russell Stoner

This is balance

This is balance

9.4

Tim Watkins

Yum! Fantastic wine paired with duck breast dinner

Yum! Fantastic wine paired with duck breast dinner

9.3

Sean Mackenzie

One of my favorite wines - great producer - big for a Pinot

One of my favorite wines - great producer - big for a Pinot

9.4

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