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2012 Walter Hansel "Cuvee Alyce" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir SKU #1210420

Price: $49.99

RP 94 ST 92 VN 92
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  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    Consistency is the word I think of when I think of the Walter Hansel wines. Not only have the prices remained consistent over the last decade, which is no small feat in itself, but the wines are always in a fuller, plush style full of fruit and feel, ready to be drunk and to appeal to the masses. The 2012 Cuvee Alyce Pinot Noir is one of my recent favorite Pinots from Hansel. There seems to be more savory/earthy balance in the wine this year. Sure there is still plenty of their signature red fruited sap but there is just so much more complexity and intrigue in the wine this year. Spiced strawberry with mint and a white cherry note dominate the nose early but it continues to build with air showing exotic notes of hibiscus and lower toned clay aromas. Entering snappy and energetic this builds fruit and texture through the mid-palate and shows considerable layers of beets, raspberry, clay, more hibiscus and ripe cherry fruit. Balanced and open this borders on sexy but done in a way that is full of class.


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