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Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Cuvée Alyce 2008

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This estate wine is created from a blend of clones of estate-grown Pinot Noir, and is made in an approachable-when-young style.

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Walter Hansel Winery:
Walter Hansel Winery is located in Sonoma County at the southern tip of the Russian River Valley near the Sebastopol hills. It is bordered to the north by the Santa Rosa Creek and to the west by a tributary of the Russian River known as the Laguna de Santa Rosa. This location is ideal for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as the nights and mornings are cooled by coastal fog yet the mid-days war... Read more
Walter Hansel Winery is located in Sonoma County at the southern tip of the Russian River Valley near the Sebastopol hills. It is bordered to the north by the Santa Rosa Creek and to the west by a tributary of the Russian River known as the Laguna de Santa Rosa. This location is ideal for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as the nights and mornings are cooled by coastal fog yet the mid-days warm up to perfect grape ripening temperatures. Temperature swings of 40 degrees are very common. Read less

External Reviews for Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Cuvée Alyce

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The 2007 Pinot Noir Estate, which comes from the Rochioli clone of Pinot Noir, exhibits sandy, loamy soil notes intermixed with sweet raspberry and black cherries. The wine is medium to full-bodied, displays noble ripe tannins, and good freshness. This wine should drink nicely for 5-6 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Bright red. Deep, smoky and wild, with a complex bouquet of red berries, cherry, smoked meat and mocha. Chewy red and dark fruit flavors offer very good depth, with dusty tannins adding support. Finishes with solid grip and slightly chunky tannins. Seems backward and a touch rustic today.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/14/2010

From the estate's highest elevation Pinot Noir vineyard, the 2008 Pinot Noir The South Slope (all from Dijon Clone 777) boasts a dark ruby color as well as abundant amounts of dark raspberry and kirsch liqueur-like fruit intermixed with hints of fore... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2008 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir South Slope 750ml


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Bright red. Lively redcurrant and strawberry on the nose, with suave mineral and floral qualities adding complexity. Nervy red fruit flavors are tightly wound, slowly unfurling to offer character. The lively, focused finish features clean red berry and mineral qualities. These grapes are all Rochioli clones.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The 2008 Pinot Noir Hansel Family Vineyards (dry-farmed vineyards planted with Pinot selections taken from the Rochioli vineyards) exhibits crisp red cherry, sassafras, and autumnal, earthy vegetative notes, medium to full body, pure red and black fruits, and a heady finish. It should be consumed during its first 5-7 years of life.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

From the estatersquo;s highest elevation Pinot Noir vineyard, the 2008 Pinot Noir The South Slope (all from Dijon Clone 777) boasts a dark ruby color as well as abundant amounts of dark raspberry and kirsch liqueur-like fruit intermixed with hints of forest floor and flowers. Tightly-knit in the finish, with a hint of minerality, and beautiful texture, it is a promising Pinot that should evolve for a decade. These are consistently terrific wines, seemingly regardless of the vintage conditions. Moreover, they are realistically priced, and wine consumers couldnrsquo;t have a better friend than proprietor Stephan Hansel.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

From Dijon clone 777, the 2007 Pinot Noir South Slope is from the highest elevation of any of the Hansel vineyards (and there are 80 acres). It has deep plum and pomegranate notes with hints of sassafras and wood spice. The wine displays a nice, subtle smokiness, medium to full body, good acidity, and a long finish. Unfortunately, there is very little made. Anticipated maturity: 2009ndash;2016.


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This estate wine is created from a blend of clones of estate-grown Pinot Noir, and is made in an approachable-when-young style.

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