2005 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

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California, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, USA

Very good. Probably one of the best wines Stephen has made yet. Has great balance, but it’s on the big side of things. Tannic, backward, and in need of some air. Took a good hour before it was drinking right. Once it wsa in the right spot, it’s all about the plum, red and black fruit, and RRV cola. Good finish. A pleasure to drink, although this should be had right now with some food that has bold flavor.

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