2009 Chasseur "Umino" Pinot Noir

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The "Umino" vineyard Pinot Noir from Chasseur is made from grapes harvested from Dave Umino's vineyard block located on rolling hills southwest of the township of Sebastopol on Blucher Valley road. Against the advice of local farmers and consultants Dave planted the property to 4 Dijon clones (115,667,777 and 459) of Pinot Noir in 1997. This wine is aged for 10 months in French oak barrels.

DAVE UMINO IN HIS VINEYARD

On the nose I get beautiful and delicious red raspberry pie and cream aromas, toast, sandalwood, mineral, strawberry preserves, white pepper, and cherry cola notes. This wine really expresses the best of the Russian River Valley and all the big and voluptuous red fruit character that Pinot's can exude from this area of the world. Savory......umami

On the palate this wine is exactly what I have come to expect from the wines made by Bill Hunter, that is wines that are pure, fruit driven, intense, delineated, and just plain delicious. I get savory and delicious flavors of fresh red raspberries, tangy bing cherry pie filling, crushed rock, wild strawberries eaten with some of their leaves still on, cranberry sauce, and blood orange.

This wine is definitely on my list of favorites and is stunning Pinot Noir with all the purity, length, and deliciousness required. 95 Points

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