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2011 Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay The Estate Vineyards Russian River Valley

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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013

Bright gold.  Pungent aromas of poached pear, honey, chamomile and smoky lees.  Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering lemon curd, pear and anise flavors and a hint of beeswax.  Closes on a spicy note, with firm grip and a suggestion of dried citrus fruits.  I like this chardonnay's blend of richness and nerve.

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Chardonnay

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