91 Points - Wine Spectator
"Offering aromas of wilted rose and fresh-crushed berry, this is firm and taut on the palate, with a vivid core of wild raspberry, anise, licorice and subtle earth shadings. Gains depth and persistence. Drink now through 2022. 350 cases made."
Cornerstone - Clones: Dijon 113
Umino - Clones: Dijon 667
350 Cases Produced
From its deep color of plum to its refined, sophisticated aromas of deep black cherry, sumac and black pepper corn this young wine has an old soul. Sophisticated layers of a dark core of cherry and grenadine are neatly counter-pointed by savory notes of roasted grain and tobacconist-shop spice. It finishes with a tightly wound mix of sweet pomegranate, red plum, roasted grain and sumac.
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.