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2007 Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce Russian River Valley
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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2009

($36; all Hyde clone) Bright gold. Exotically perfumed aromas of tangerine, peach, anise, iodine and smoky lees. Tangy, refreshingly bitter fruit skin flavors are underscored by smoke and herbal qualities. This impressively deep chardonnay finishes with excellent clarity and outstanding chewy persistence.

94+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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