Russian River Valley
24.7 degree brix
Thirty-Six months in 60 gallon French oak barrels: 50% new; Tonnellerie Sirugue
100% Malolactic Fermentation
2013 Chasseur Russian River Valley Syrah
Yield 3.9 ton/acre average
100 Cases Produced
Deep black current in both color and flavor introduces this bright Syrah. Amazing complexity due to the three years on barrel. A serious wine giving up aromas of blueberries and violets as well as hints of assorted meaty nuances, blackberry and currants. Blessed with a silky current of black raspberry and cassis flavors that glide along and flow to a full-bodied, seamless wine that has terrific fruit intensity and a blockbuster finish.
The 2013 crop was once again another large one. Not quite as large as the previous, due to grower anticipation this year’s vines were in perfect vine vigor/fruit balance. All phases of the growing season were strait forward. Sounds boring but boring winegrowing equates to excellent wine. Even the ripening season was uneventful, other than a little harmless rain in September. Harvests generally in recent years seem to be more compact and this one started the second week of September and lasted just 30 days. A 30 day harvest 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 and ready for drink.