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2012 Chasseur Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Image
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Harvest Date
October 8th, 10th and 15th
Sugar
25.1 degree Brix average
Acid
5.9 g/L
pH
3.53
Aging
Fifteen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels: 50% new from Tonnellerie Sirugue
Fermentation
100% Malolactic
Bottling Date
January 15, 2014
Alcohol %
14.1

2012 Chasseur Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast

91 Points - Vinous

90 Points - Wine Spectator

90 Points - Wine Advocate

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91 Points - Wine Enthusiast

"Firm and substantial on the palate, this is a complex Pinot, the red cherry fruit juicy and inviting and the wine layered in Chinese five-spice. Light in texture and weight the wine still offers a sense of place and gravitas."

91 Points - Vinous

"Good deep ruby-red. Sappy aromas of boysenberry, raspberry and licorice. Then almost surprisingly creamy and sweet in the mouth, boasting excellent concentration but coming across as more gently extracted than some of the other 2012s here. Finishes with smooth tannins and noteworthy length. Evolving nicely."

90 Points - Wine Spectator

"Delicate and silky, with subtle dried herb, caraway seed and sour cherry flavors. Presents fine-grained tannins along a minerally edge that slowly gains traction. Drink now through 2022. 434 cases made."

90 Points - Wine Advocate

"From multiple vineyards, the 2012 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast reveals crunchy black raspberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with foresty notes. This medium-bodied, pure, effusively fruity Pinot has some serious density and structure behind the flesh, and can be enjoyed over the next 8-9 years."

 

Wine Profile
Winemaker Notes
A deep ruby color introduces a slightly brooding floral nose of forest floor, freshly sliced porcini mushrooms that opens to hints of currants, along with red raspberry on the palate. The mouth-feel is even richer than the aromas predict and the tannic grip is impressive. This lofty bottling should reach its peak in another two or three years, but it can be enjoyed now.
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.