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2014 Chasseur Sanctuary Chardonnay Image
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Sanctuary Vineyard: Montrachet Selection
Harvest Date
October 2nd 2015 at 24.6 degrees brix
Acid
6.3 g/L
pH
3.48
Aging
Sixteen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels: 67% new; 50% from Tonnellerie Sirugue and 50% from Francois Freres
Fermentation
100%
Bottling Date
February 2, 2016
Alcohol %
14.1
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2014 Chasseur Sanctuary Chardonnay

95 Points - Pinot File, The Prince of Pinot

93 Points - Connoisseur's Guide to CA Wine

The undisputed facts are that the vintage came from a wonderful growing season with nearly perfect timing for all phases; bud break, set, version and harvest were what one would come to expect of a great or nearly great vintage.

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95 Points - Pinot File, The Prince of Pinot

"Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. Sensational aromas of lemon, chalk dust, salt air and stony minerality. Bright and focused, with impressive intensity, offering vibrant flavors of lemon, Fuji
apple and caramel. The glorious finish also exudes these flavors. A very classy Chardonnay offering."

93 Points - Connoisseur's Guide to CA Wine

"If an impressively concentrated, fairly mouthfilling Chardonnay that sits on the weightier end of the varietal spectrum, this one never seems at all heavy, and it is as well-balanced as it is so very rich. The deep, well-married mix of fully ripe apples and sweet, creamy oak that immediately greets the nose never once wavers and commands center stage as its lengthy flavors unfold, and the wine falls right in step with the best of its siblings in promising that, in spite of its ready richness, it is still a good two or three years away from reaching its best."

 

Wine Profile
Winemaker Notes
A study in the virtues of elegant richness and quiet energy this wine is both unctuous and yet with refined fragrant floral notes of honeysuckle, orange blossom and violet. Mouth filling tropical fruit composed of papaya, melon and sweet peach are responsible for the savory opulence. The weighty fruit notes and the floral aromas are a juxtaposition that one would not come to expect in the same glass.
Production
103 Cases Produced
Vintage Notes
Could the 2014 harvest be on par with the 2007? The undisputed facts are that the vintage came from a wonderful growing season with nearly perfect timing for all phases; bud break, set, version and harvest were what 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, great flavors and excellent acids so that little or no additions were needed at the fermenter. Could be one for the ages, time will tell.