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2014 Chasseur Russian River Valley Chardonnay Image
Wine Specs
Russian River Valley
Harvest Date
September 9th & October 3rd
24.8 degree brix average
6.7 g/L
Fifteen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels: 50% new from Tonnellerie Sirugue and Francoise Frere
100% Malolactic
Bottling Date
February 12, 2016
Alcohol %

2014 Chasseur Russian River Valley Chardonnay

95+ Points White Wine of the Year - Connoisseur's Guide to CA Wine

Best Buy and Two Stars - Connoisseur's Guide to CA Wine

90 Points - Wine Spectator

91 Points - Pinot File, The Prince of Pinot

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95+ Points White Wine of the Year - Connoisseur's Guide to CA Wine

90 Points - Wine Spectator

"A deft, light toasty oak frame surrounds a core of citrus, green apple and pear flavors, ending with smoke, hazelnut and grainy notes. Drink now. 404 cases made."

Best Buy and Two Stars - Connoisseur's Guide to CA Wine 

"is as well-structured as it is generously filled, and the two are joined in winning enthusiastic endorsement by the eminently collectable."

91 Points - Pinot File, The Prince of Pinot

"Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. A rich riper fruited style with aromas of lemon curd, pineapple and crème brûlée and flavors of lemon pie, spiced apple, and buttery brioche. Bold and creamy on the palate with a welcome marriage of fruit and oak on the finish."

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Wine Profile
Production Notes
404 Cases Produced
Winemaker Notes
A wine of vivid contrasts, this intense bottling appears aggressive in the nose which delivers toasted coconut, vanilla wafer, lemon curd, roasted grain, beeswax. It settles down quickly on the palate to reveal complex layers of pretty green apple and pear fruit that integrates nicely with layers of creamy vanilla, brioche, nutmeg custard to finish with firming citric and mineral notes. Slightly less powerful than its Sonoma Coast sibling, veering down a different path where the refreshment and focus are high but everything else turns graceful and elegant yet remains weighty.
Vintage Notes
Could the 2014 harvest be on par with the 2007? All those reading these words who are familiar with the 2007 harvest; as to whether it is or is not will have to be your decision. But the undisputed facts are that the vintage came from a wonderful growing season with near perfect timing for all phases; bud break, set, version and harvest which one would come to expect of a great or nearly great vintage. The yield was such that no one will want for more but not so large that the wines are without weight and color. The true sign of a terrific vintage is that little or nothing needs to be added at the must/juice stage and this vintage being no exception. All lots came in with proper sugars and excellent acids requiring little or no additions at the fermenter. And in my years of making wine I’ve found that the less added to wines by us humans, as opposed to nature, the better the wine.