90 Points - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
"Of the four Pinot Noirs, the 2013 Pinot Noir Yellow Rock shows loads of black raspberry and black cherry fruit, medium to full body, beautiful purity and density, and a sexy, almost Corton style from Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune. Drink it over the next 7-10 years."
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Russian River Valley
Dijon Clone: Field Selection
97 Cases Produced
A bright ruby red tips you off that this isn’t a Pinot Noir for the faint of heart. The exuberant nose flows out of the glass in waves of Mr. Lincoln roses, smoked bacon, all spice and cloves/juniper berry. On the palate the wine is not shy to unfold and seduces you with vanilla oak, cigar box and finishes supplying its own dessert with a lingering hint of salted dark chocolate which picks up weight with air and makes for a truly unforgettable Pinot.
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.