2015 Walter Hansel "Cuvee Alyce" Russian River Valley Chardonnay SKU #1363447


RP 94 VN 93
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  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    Once again this is a rich, full throttle tropical and citrus flavored beauty but with a definite freshness and lift not seen in the last few vintages, In this vintage the classic pineapple, orange oil, marmalade and baked apple flavors are carried by fresh acidity and vibrant tension giving the wine a more palate friendly and quaff-able personality.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    A perennial favorite at K&L always delivering rich, powerful, vibrant Russian River Valley Chard at a price point that amazes me. Hansel are definitely near the top of the pile when it comes to quality California Chardonnay and yet the prices remain very reasonable. This wine walks the line between ripe citrus and tropical fruit elements with perfectly integrated flashes of oak, spice, hazelnut, and warm brioche. Soft, supple mouthfeel with nicely judged acidity to keep it bright and refreshing. Lots to love about this one. Classic CA Chard done very well. Limited availability due to low yields in 2015.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    I tasted this wine a few times and I'll suggest that the best way to drink and experience this wine is when it is less chilled. At this temperature the toasty nose was more faceted and offered more complexity, when cold it was just woody. Yet at a mid 60's temperature it really has more intrigue and shows it is a more complete wine. On the palate the wine has good weight to add to the wine's supple nature but it does have good balance and I really enjoyed the palate presence. The finish was full of complex barrel spice that really was complexity, not just woody. This is a perfect cocktail chardonnay or for a meatier fish like Halibut or Swordfish.
    Drink from 2018 to 2022
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    Fans of rich, opulent California Chardonnay will go gaga over this wine. It shows lush, toasty, vanilla and cream notes with an unexpected lift from green apple acid. Walter Hansel has become a go-to for this style for very good reason, they do it right there. This is a good example of the style Russian River is producing and is showing brilliantly right now.


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