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Thursday, November 17, 2011

2009 Chasseur Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast


I had to taste this wine after trying the second label named "Cazar" yesterday and absolutely loving it. This Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast appellation is sourced primarily from the Twin Hill Ranch vineyard and is a blend of several different Dijon Pinot Noir clones. It was aged for 10 months in 60 gallon French oak barrels.

On the nose I get some really nice boysenberry, plum, and black cherry notes, that combine with secondary nuances of coriander, tobacco, and orange peel. It's a very intriguing aroma profile that develops in the glass and has multiple layers of complexity.

On the palate the wine shows remarkable purity and delivers delicious notes of ripe black cherry, boysenberry, and rich homemade strawberry rhubarb pie. Now....I'm talking wild strawberries, the ones that are dark, ripe, and nasty!! There's also a nice touch of toasted oak on the finish.

I really love this wine but, shhhhhhhhhhh........don't tell them that I enjoyed their second label just as much, if not even a bit more. This wine has more complexity and better acidity, but the "Cazar" just had this deliciousness that I couldn't get over and it was about $10 cheaper. 92+ points


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Anonymous said...

Thomas,
I have to agree with you about Chasseur. I live in Arizona and have not seen his wines in forever.. I would put his Pinot's against any other. And if you are price conscience, there is not even a debate however, if price is of no concern his Umino and Blank will knock your socks off! Great review

 
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