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2012 Chasseur Sexton Pinot Noir Image
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Harvest Date
September 11th
Sugar
24.8 degree brix
Acid
6.54g/L
pH
3.51
Aging
Seventeen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels: 50% new; 100% from Tonnellerie Sirugue
Fermentation
100% Malolactic
Bottling Date
January 10, 2014
Alcohol %
14.1

2012 Chasseur Sexton Pinot Noir

90+ Points - Wine Advocate

The cascade of savory spice, smoke and mineral notes are obvious as the wine finishes to an elegant counterpoint of suppleness and yet firmness that elevates the wine to another level.

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90+ Points - Wine Advocate

"The 2012 Pinot Noir Sexton (175 cases produced) is tightly coiled and impressive endowed with blue, red and black fruits galore, crisp acids and sweet, but noticeable tannin. It seems unevolved compared to its siblings, but is full-bodied and promising with a significant upside. Forget it for 1-2 years and drink it over the following 10-15."

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Wine Profile
Winemaker Notes
Initial nuances of mushroom/forest floor give way to red raspberry, pomegranate and peppercorn with a little O2 upon pulling the cork, which seems to gush forth on the palate to mingle with allspice, coriander seed and sumac in the mid-pallet. The cascade of savory spice, smoke and mineral notes are obvious as the wine finishes to an elegant counterpoint of suppleness and yet firmness that elevates the wine to another level. Expect this grand-opera style of Pinot Noir to increase in weight and assertiveness over the next few years.
Vintage Notes
There is very little to say about this dream vintage that has not been said. This textbook vintage couldn’t have come out any better if drawn up on a blackboard ahead of time. A warm spring for set and a warm summer sans the requisite excessive heat, even ripening all the way to late September/mid-October made for a combination of high yields (even after multiple passes of dropping fruit) and yes yielding high quality, powerful wines. This vintage eschews the notion of better wines coming from lower yields.