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2009 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Cuvee Alyce Russian River Valley
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

Deep ruby-red.  Deep, pungent aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola, vanilla bean and potpourri. Sappy, palate-coating red and dark berry compote flavors are complicated by an exotic floral pastille quality and hints of clove and mocha.  A distinctly rich and fleshy but energetic pinot, with the depth and structure to age.  The finish hangs on with noteworthy tenacity and grip.

92+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Pinot Noir

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