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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 9 
ProducerChasseur (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2012 (based on 7 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.7 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 58 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Knicksfan on 12/15/2014 & rated 91 points: Drink em up. In a nice spot but I think at its peak. NOthing memorable but very pleasant. (572 views)
 Tasted by jmottern on 10/16/2014 & rated 94 points: Great nose followed by complex smooth fruit. Excellent finish. This was a superb pinot noir. (621 views)
 Tasted by jmottern on 6/11/2014 & rated 93 points: Opened this bottle about 30 minutes before drinking. Excellent nose followed by delicious complex fruit. Nice finish. This wine is ready to drink. (736 views)
 Tasted by jmottern on 7/29/2013 & rated 93 points: Dark red wine with good nose. Fruit was complex and smooth with a nice after taste. This wine is approaching or at its prime. (1112 views)
 Tasted by jmottern on 2/6/2013 & rated 90 points: Black red color with a good nose. Strong pinot noir fruit with long finish. Excellent classical pinor noir. (1241 views)
 Tasted by jmottern on 1/19/2013 & rated 90 points: Great nose and classic big pinot noir fruit. Smooth finish. Excellent wine that is at its prime. (1000 views)
 Tasted by jmottern on 10/9/2012 & rated 93 points: Good nose and great fruit. The wine hits your taste senses before you taste it. This winery has become my favorite domestic producer of high quality pinot noir. (1151 views)
 Tasted by jmottern on 7/18/2012 & rated 94 points: WOW what a great bottle of wine! Strong fruit that hit your lips before your tougue even had a chance to evaluate the deep pinot noir taste. Absolutely one of the best wines i have had in recent memory. (1172 views)
 Tasted by NotNYC on 6/20/2012 & rated 91 points: Pretty impressive, considerably more enjoyable than the '05.
A brambly, soft tannins journey with well balanced acid profile.
Medium weight and quite food friendly. Bottle variation aside, in a nice drinking spot.
Hoping the couple I gave the second bottle to enjoy as much as we did. (989 views)
 Tasted by brigcampbell on 6/18/2012: Cali and Burgs Blind (FMIII in the OC): Blind - guessed Cali correctly. Typical fruit forward style.

Rank: #2 in flight (1287 views)
 Tasted by WetRock on 6/16/2012: Another Round of California Vs Burgundy Blind (Frank Murray's Casa): Served blind. Nose of bakes, stewed fruits and some heat. Full, broad, round palate with more heat. Guessed Cali. (1157 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 6/16/2012: Hard candy cherry aromatic, same in the palate with a note of sweet maple, some wood and a medium + weight. Faitly easy to guess this was California. (955 views)
 Tasted by WinoTim on 3/30/2012 & rated 89 points: Prabably let this sit a bit beyond its prime. Nice fruit but littly depth. Sipped on its own. Would probably benefit from an appropriate cheese. (823 views)
 Tasted by chefpuddle on 2/19/2012 & rated 92 points: Open this pinot four hours before consuming. Very nice fruit and body. Better than the first bottle still has some life. " Herberto " is clueless when it come to pinots rating this wine a 56 and undrinkable. PLEASE DON'T read has tasting notes reguarding Cali pinots (1024 views)
 Tasted by NotNYC on 5/19/2011 & rated 88 points: PnP - after opening with some VA took an hour to come round. Once settled a classic RRV but lacks depth and thus complexity. Nothing wrong, its very good. Just not a knock out. (1347 views)
 Tasted by NotNYC on 5/15/2011 & rated 89 points: decent enuff. Medium body that grew as it opened and warmed. (1335 views)
 Tasted by bigcat on 2/15/2011 & rated 84 points: Not much to it. Small hints of spice. (1548 views)
 Tasted by meatman on 9/12/2010 & rated 89 points: Initially, all sweet red cherries on the palate. Became better integrated over the next couple of hours and on day 2. A good, simple pinot but did not seem as good as a bottle 1 year ago. (1928 views)
 Tasted by WetRock on 8/21/2010: EWG Riesling and Pinot at Yujean Kang's (Yujean Kang's, Pasadena, CA): Ripe nose showing pretty cranberry and heat. Juicy with a graham cracker flavor and a bitter/tart finish. (2431 views)
 Tasted by gportilla on 8/7/2010 & rated 87 points: Drinking well now but with no future. Smooth fruit and tannins, as developed as it can be. Not as much fruit as the Sonoma tasted side by side. (2138 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 10/30/2009 & rated 88 points: Not the 90+ that others have given (at least to my taste), but still a very good pinot noir. Definitely not the 56 pts that the previous user ('Herberto') has given...! (2574 views)
 Tasted by herberto on 10/1/2009 & rated 56 points: Drinking this wine, and trying to assign a "rating" to it, really makes me wonder why we bother to use a 100 point score where 50 is the lowest score. Why 50? Why not 1, or zero? This is one of the worst wines I've tasted recently. It is everything I hate about fake, oaky and overripe Cali Pinot. It is bitter, characterless and, to me, practically undrinkable. (2657 views)
 Tasted by jjmabaseb on 9/30/2009 & rated 92 points: barnyard, cherry, delicious, great long finish (2814 views)
 Tasted by Hazeo on 8/24/2009 & rated 88 points: Dark clear ruby nearly as opaque as a brunello I had a few nights ago. Good cherries on the front, decent weight and good balance ... yet it was lacking depth for me, felt a bit flat and simple. A little bitter on the finish, and a bit short. Wasn't very impressed.
3 hours later ... got a little better, gaining some richness to the midpalette. (2778 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 8/23/2009 & rated 92 points: 2009 Family Winemakers Annual Tasting; 8/23/2009-8/24/2009 (Fort Mason, San Francisco, California): Deep tart cherry, mineral nose with a green note; nice tart cherry palate with depth; medium finish (4406 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144
(Chasseur Pinot Noir Russian River Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/23/2009)
(Chasseur Pinot Noir Russian River Valley) Deep tart cherry, mineral nose with a green note; nice tart cherry palate with depth; medium finish  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/28/2009)
(Chasseur Pinot Noir Russian River Valley) Lovely cherry, tart cherry nose; deep, focused, tasty, tart cherry, cranberry palate; medium-plus finish  93 points
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2006 Chasseur Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

Winemakers Note: This elegant and fruit-forward Pinot is both complex and sweetly ripe to the nose, as scents of red cherries, Mr. Lincoln roses and wild strawberries join subtle smoky tones, some dried orange peel and hints of powdered sumac in a pretty aromatic display. The flavors are more than generous, but never less than zesty: so the palate-feel is sleek, reinforcing the wines fruit clarity and impression of elegance. The finish is an engaging cascade of cherry, rose, red currant, smoke, mineral and spice flavors which linger gracefully. Although the patient can expect several years of further development, this is already a delicious and satisfying wine.

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

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