Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley Cuvée Alyce 2007
Cuvee Alyce which is a selection of the best barrels and named after Stephen Hansel's mother exhibits honeysuckle poached pear and sauteed buttery citrus. The wine has gorgeous fruit terrific acidity and underlying minerality and depth. This is a superb wine that should age nicely for 7-8 years. A terrific source of sensational Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays made very much in the style of the wines proprietor Stephen Hansel loves the most white and red Burgundies this 80-acre estate continues to build on a brilliant track record of high quality wines offered to consumers at sensationally fair prices.
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The 2007 Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce is sensational. Named after Hanselrsquo;s recently deceased 90-year-old mother, the wine has admirable minerality, plenty of honeysuckle, hints of pear, white peach, and pineapple, a deep, full-bodied mouthfeel with subtle smokiness from oak, very good acidity, and a long, concentrated finish. This is likely to be the longest-lived of the Chardonnays and capable of lasting for up to 7ndash;10 years.
The 2008 Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce is a selection of the richest, most concentrated wines. It offers copious notes of lychee nut, honeysuckle, orange marmalade, and candied citrus in a full-bodied, rich style. Although it did not strike me as remarkably more concentrated or ldquo;over the toprdquo; than the North Slope or the Cahill Lane, it is a top Chardonnay that is well-worth pursuing. These are consistently terrific wines, seemingly regardless of vintage conditions. Moreover, they are realistically priced, and wine consumers couldnrsquo;t have a better friend than proprietor Stephan Hansel. All of the estate grown Chardonnays are fermented and aged in Francois Freres French cooperage (40% new and 60% used), and undergo lees stirring and full malolatic.
The top cuvee, named after Hanselrsquo;s mother, is the 2002 Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce. There are 519 cases of this offering, which is meant to be an over-the-top, full-throttle Chardonnay where the envelope is pushed in terms of intensity, ripeness, and richness. Despite its 14.5% alcohol, it possesses admirable underlying acidity along with a big, orange marmalade, buttered popcorn, hazelnut, guava, and papaya-scented bouquet. This rich, full-bodied, concentrated, stunning Chardonnay is one of the sexiest, most alluring efforts I tasted from this varietal in California.
Hazy yellow. Pungent, subtly smoky pear and nectarine aromas are complicated by green almond and honey. Juicy orchard fruit and toasted nut flavors are underscored by a refreshing mineral quality, with the nutty quality recurring on the back half. Packs a solid punch but this is fat-free, finishing with strong grip and a sneaky smoky quality.
There are 328 cases of the 2003 Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce, a superb, but tightly knit, backward, light gold-colored offering. With high acidity, concentration, and intensity, this full-bodied Chardonnay offers up notes of honeyed apple skins intermixed with nectarine, papaya, and citrus oil. It will benefit from another year of bottle age, and should age for up for ten years.
(all Hyde clone) Bright gold. Exotically perfumed aromas of tangerine, peach, anise, iodine and smoky lees. Tangy, refreshingly bitter fruit skin flavors are underscored by smoke and herbal qualities. This impressively deep chardonnay finishes with excellent clarity and outstanding chewy persistence.