Russian River Valley
September 25th through October 1st
25.3 degree Brix
Ten months in 60 gallon French oak barrels
July 14, 2011
2010 Chasseur Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
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From its pristine cherry color, this bottling differs noticeably from its impressive Sonoma Coast sibling in its aromatic profile and elegance. Aromas of pomegranate and orange zest bring a citric element to a core of red raspberry and black cherry, while notes of black tea, baking spices and roasted grain add depth and balance to the obvious fruit. The palate is defined by elegant fruit, silky smooth tannins, and perfectly balanced acidity. At the end, a cascade of cherry, currant, smoke, mineral, and spice flavors linger gracefully. Expect another two to three years of positive evolution.
The cool wet spring of 2010 created naturally low yields, followed by an exceptionally cold summer, possibly the coldest in a century indicating a potentially late harvest. In August our obligatory heat spell came and went but this year it was followed by another three weeks later. Our late harvest was pushed up as fruit quickly ripened, placing it in the style of 2004, dark and concentrated for Pinot Noir. A strong weather system rolled through in late October quickening the pace of harvest but by then ripeness wasn’t an issue. Production was down across the board, but the 2010 vintage turned out to be very good for Pinot Noir and an exceptional one for Chardonnay.