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2012 Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce Russian River Valley
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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014

Bright yellow-gold.  Expressive aromas of poached pear, peach, honey and smoky lees, with a mineral note in the background.  Fleshy, broad and concentrated, offering bitter pear skin, pit fruit nectar and ginger flavors and a touch of buttered toast.  Finishes on a smoky note, with excellent thrust, clarity and spicy persistence.  An ample but delineated chardonnay that has the heft to handle strongly seasoned, rich foods.

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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