Russian River Valley
24.8 degree brix
Seventeen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels: 50% new; 100% from Tonnellerie Sirugue
December 12, 2014
2013 Chasseur Freestone Station Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley Cleary Vineyard Dijon Clone: 113,114,115, 667
98 Cases Produced
Dense garnet in the glass – so dark you’ll be surprised you’re drinking a Pinot. The nose greets you with a complex medley of vanilla, sandalwood, stone fruit and minerals. The complexities don’t stop there; in the mouth the wine is supported by a backbone of bright acidity and offers up a chocolate covered cherry center surrounded by smoke and a finish lingering with a hint of mushrooms.
Another bumper crop but not quite as large as the previous. Grower anticipation had this year’s vines in perfect vine vigor/fruit balance. All phases of the growing season were strait forward and uneventful to the point of boring but boring winegrowing equates to excellent wine. Harvests in recent years are becoming more compact; this one lasted just 30 days. This would normally create overload difficulties in the winery but since Chasseur production has been decreasing significantly every grape received full attention. The resulting wines are stylistically the antithesis of the 2012’s, which were tightly wound early on and needed time to open up. The 2013’s are very forward, open, aromatic, flavorful and ready to drink.