Walter Hansel Pinot Noir Cuvee Alyce RRV

Walter Hansel

http://walterhanselwinery.com/

Wine label
Vintage:2013
Bottle sizes:750 ML
Country:United States
Region:California
Appellation:Russian River Vly
Type:Red
Varietals:Pinot Noir
Vineyard:Walter Hansel Estate Vineyard-Russian River Valley
Soil:Goldridge loam soils with more clay in the Alyce block
Viticulture:Hand harvested, manually sorted
Vinification:The Pinot Noir is destemmed and fermented using only native yeasts.
Aging:Aged all in French oak with approximately 50% new
Tasting:The Cuvee Alyce is a blend of the top barrels for the vintage. It varies from vintage to vintage but generally comes from a heavy clay portion of the vineyard that is planted to clone 777.
 

Ratings

Wine advocate: 93+
Antonio Galloni: 93+
The 2013 Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce is quite beautiful today, with gorgeous complexity, plenty of depth and fabulous overall balance. Game, smoke, tobacco and licorice add nuance to a core of expressive red-toned fruits. Today, I see a little less than in the some of the other wines, the North Slope in particular, but that is really splitting hairs at this level.