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2012 Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay The North Slope Vineyard Russian River Valley
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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014

Pale gold.  Intense aromas of nectarine, pineapple and orange zest, with suave floral and ginger topnotes.  Juicy and expansive in the mouth, with vibrant acidity giving lift to ripe pit and orchard fruit flavors.  Shows plenty of power but comes off lithe, with very good focus.  Spicy notes linger on a sappy, floral-driven finish of excellent clarity and verve. 

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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