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2012 Walter Hansel Chardonnay North Slope Vineyard Russian River Valley (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Walter Hansel Vineyards walterhanselwinery.com   details
Appellation: Russian River Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: white
Varietal: Chardonnay
Maturity: Hold/Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$29.00
 
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Tasting Notes:
rated: December 15, 2013 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
95 points "95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Slightly better is the 2012 Chardonnay North Slope, which comes from California clones 95 and 76. Made from much smaller yields than the Cahill Lane, it sees about 40% new French oak, and reveals terrific fruit intensity along with a full-bodied mouthfeel, a good underlying wet gravel-like character, and loads of peach, pineapple and honeysuckle notes. The wine exhibits a light green hue to its color (which I always consider a positive). It can be drunk over the next 5-7 years. (12/2013)" Best 2015-2020
rated: May 15, 2014 , International Wine Cellar wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
92 points "92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 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. (5/2014)" Best 2015-2018
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