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Chasseur Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2005

Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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14.5% ABV
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14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The color of this young Pinot is of dark, dark cherry, but its aromasare at times brighter; as ripe red cherry, crushed flowers and suggestionsof sweet smoke, pencil shavings and powdered sumac sitabove a richer Panitone/Fruitcake-like undercurrent. Despite itszest and obvious youth it is round and rich on the palate and is aslong as it is generous. Its flavor profile is a work in progress, asdarker impressions of chocolaty cherry shift back and forth withcitric/savory expressions of vivid red cherry, dried orange and cerealgrains. Some mineral elements are present, but never really challengethe wines fruit orientation. Although it offers plenty of currentappeal, it is a wine worth cellaring and those who do so willprobably enjoy a much grander experience

Critical Acclaim

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Wine Spectator
Beautiful blackberry and boysenberry fruit is rich, fleshy and concentrated. Keeps a tight focus on the fruit, offering hints of spice, nutmeg and fresh earth.
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Chasseur, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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Chasseur Wines is dedicated to small lot, hand-crafted wines in the old French tradition with emphasis on vineyard designates. Our small size (presently about 2,700 cases) allows complete control over the winemaking process, therefore, enabling us to produce the finest wines the fruit has to offer. We are pursuing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay's final and possibly finest frontier, Sonoma's 'West County'. Still in its renaissance this area is composed of the western edge of the Russian River Valley and beyond, known as the 'true' Sonoma Coast. This area is in and around the townships of Sebastopol, Freestone and Occidental.

Our goal is to be among the pioneers to develop the potential of this area. Please explore our web site to learn more about how we make these wines from grape to glass. We offer all these wines, especially the smaller lots which may not make it to the retail shelf or the restaurant wine list through the winery.

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A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux Blends garner global attention and in some cases, "cult" status.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and remain active frontiers for newer varieties, namely Rhône and Spanish.

The cool Anderson Valley in California’s North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.

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