Russian River Valley
Russian River Valley Umino Vineyard
25.6 degree brix
Fifteen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels: 67% new; 100% from Tonnellerie Sirugue
January 5th, 2018
2016 Chasseur Umino Pinot Noir
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This generous Pinot has an impressive harmony of parts. The aromas gradually fan out into a lovely panorama of sweet Boysenberries, Kirsch-steeped cherries, red raspberries, red rose, white pepper and Meyer lemon zest; all of which integrate nicely with supporting notes of roasted grain, toast and powdered sumac. On the palate, it proves both supple and mouth-coating, and the impression of generosity carries through a lingering finish, where the same charming red fruit mélange is replicated. Smooth, supple tannins lie just below the surface however, to remind us that its full merit will only be revealed after years in the cellar.
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.