Russian River Valley
Russian River Valley Sexton Vineyard
24.6 degree brix
Fifteen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels: 50% new; 100% from Tonnellerie Sirugue
January 5th, 2018
2016 Chasseur Sexton Pinot Noir
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The nose of this wine offers deep red raspberry, wild cherry, violet, yellow rose, dried orange peel and pink peppercorn fruit scents over roasted grain, coriander seed and strongly-stated mineral undercurrents. The wine is a big-scale beauty on the palate; concentrated and plenty of firming fruit acidity and mineral notes. The finish is as gutsy as expected, with its coiled raspberry, red plum and black cherry counter-pointed by equally evident oak and mineral statements. It could take six or seven years in the cellar to bring everything out of this bold yet classy bottling.
The Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast have hit the trifecta with another superb vintage in the last three years. And another growing season following suit with a perfectly balanced crop to vine vigor ratio. A mild summer with very little heat spikes the harvest came in during the mild month of September with spectacularly looking fruit. The beautiful clean fruit taken in during harvest posed no hitches during the fermentation process which has yielded just as beautiful wines.