Walter Hansel has been synonymous with great quality at a great price! Year after year these wines impress me and my clientele alike. The first vines were planted in 1978 just up the block from Kistler! The first vintage they produced 3 barrels of Pinot Noir and 10 barrels of Chardonnay, and the rest as they say, is history! Stephen Hansel (Walter’s son) had one of the best winemakers as his tutor (Tom Rochiolli) so it is no surprise that they are still putting out great wines decades later. Year after year this winery produces amazing “Dollar Cost Average” under-priced & over-delivered in quality wines!
Walter Hansel 2018 Cuvee Alyce Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Sorry, 6 bottle limit per person!
The 2018 Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce is bright, floral and super-finessed. This mid-weight, focused Pinot has so much to offer. Red/purplish fruit, blood orange, lavender and spice are all finely-knit Pinot from Hansel. Time in the glass brings out the wine’s textural depth and resonance. I would give the 2018 vintage at least a year or two in the bottle before consuming.
Robert Parker 96 Points: “Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2018 Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce opens slowly to alluring aromas of smoked cranberries, red cherries and black raspberries laced with licorice, bergamot and dried lavender. The palate is medium-bodied and super silky with addicting freshness, absolutely packed with layered, detailed flavors, and it finishes very long and elegant. Wow!“
Also check out these other great Walter Hansel wines:
Walter Hansel 2018 Chardonnay Cahill Lane Russian River Valley 94 Points
Walter Hansel 2018 Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce Russian River Valley – 95 Point
Walter Hansel 2018 “Estate” Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley – 94 Points
Walter Hansel 2018 North Slope Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley – 95 Points