Russian River Valley
24.7 degree brix
Fifteen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels: 50% new; 100% from Tonnellerie Sirugue
December 14, 2016
2015 Chasseur Umino Pinot Noir
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This is a darkly rich, densely packed, perfectly ripe, and already sophisticated Pinot Noir. A rush of aromas of Mister Lincoln roses, white pepper, Amarena cherry over supporting scents of smoke, dried orange peel, dark earth and tobacco precede the palate. In the mouth the wine is rose-petal soft and full on the midpalate. Well-integrated flavors of ripe blackberries mingle with hints of smoked cedar and linger with a mouthwatering black plum finish.
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.