Walter Hansel Cuvée Alyce Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2019
Goldridge loam soils with more clay in the Alyce block
Hand harvested, manually sorted
The Pinot Noir is destemmed and fermented using only native yeasts.
Aged all in French oak with approximately 65% new
The Cuvée Alyce is a blend of the top barrels for the vintage. It varies from vintage to vintage but generally comes from a heavy clay portion of the vineyard that is planted to clone 777.
Vinous – “The 2019 Walter Hansel Cuvée Alyce Pinot Noir is a dark, powerful wine. Black cherry, plum, cedar, lavender, spice and menthol infuse the Alyce with notable depth. Dense and muscular, the Alyce is a decidedly potent, backward Pinot. All it needs is a bit of time to be at its best.” (93 pts)