Russian River Valley
24.8 degree brix
Fifteen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels: 50% new; 100% from Tonnellerie Sirugue
December 14, 2016
2015 Chasseur Sexton Pinot Noir
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The sweet-citric vibrancy of a great Russian River vintage is clearly apparent in the nose of this Pinot, as scents of sweet cherry, red raspberry, pomegranate, rose petal jelly and pink peppercorn seem to gush forth. The cascade of juicy, yet focused fruit continues on the palate, but is reined into a more classic form by mineral notes, smoke, tannin and savory spice. It boasts wonderful generosity on the palate and makes a truly seamless transition toward the finish, as its wave of sweet-natured and complex flavor just grows and grows.
This historically low yielding vintage created wines of unparalleled weight. The fourth in a series of drought years in the west affected vine vigor and was responsible for small crop levels never before seen. Warm dry weather was ideal for growing wine which brought in fruit with small bunches and shot berries. An early harvest usually means little fruit hang time which can beg the question of lack of flavor but the wines from this vintage are as flavorful as they are dense.