Really this wine to me shows the dark side of Cali pinot. "x barrels laid down in the Burgundian tradition" it says on the back, or something like that. This wine is about as Burgundian as Yellow Tail shiraz. And about as good. Hot, bitter, a bad excuse for pinot.
Definitely a California pinot. Strong nose of rich strawberries and raspberries. Slight spice on the mouth, but very candylike overall. Long finish. A full bodied pinot. If you like the CA style pinot, you'll like this. Fans of a more refined style may find this a bit "fake" for their liking.
This has actually opened up quite a bit from the last time I had it about a year ago. Thought it was closed , too sweet and too monolithic then. Now I'm getting nice acidity and some decent tannins and spiciness balancing out the sweet pinot fruit.The nose has opened up much more with some classic pinot with some dough and a little woodsmoke on it . Still fairly sweet at this stage but would like to revisit in a few years and see how it evolves. Looks to have very good upside. 90+Pts
Sometimes Chicken McNuggets really hit the spot. They taste vile, really - bitter and sweet at the same time, and nothing like chicken. But sometime that sweet, fake, totally manufactured taste is satisfying, in a sick way. So too this wine. Vile stuff. But I can imagine drinking it again, when I want something fake and sweet, that barely tastes like wine, let alone Pinot Noir. Yes I can. Maybe with a Big Mac.
Typical CA pinot. Much bigger and richer than old world pinot. Nose of deep cherries, pomegranite, and raspberries. Very soft and velvety on palate, with good balance of dark fruits upfront, some cinnamon on midpalate and spicy black cherry on the finish. Good if you like the new world pinots.
Pretty awful, really. This is hot, harsh and aggressive. There is decent concentration, which redeems it a bit, but overally the flavor profile is all garbled and ultimately not very pleasant. This is not what I look for when I drink Pinot, or frankly any wine. Chasseur's Chardonnays are inoffensive, but I've yet to have a Chasseur Pinot that was not downright poor. Too bad - on paper these are nice "boutique" Cali Burgs at a decent price. But for this quality no price is a bargain.
Quick 30 minute decant. I kept wanting to smell this wine: raspberries, cherries and spice with a hint of earth and sweet oak. The palate is more fruit dominated at this point which you would expect: tart cherries, raspberries and strawberries with a developing earth/mushroom aspect. Drinking well now but should continue to improve.
Not as good as the 2005 Chasseur Sonoma. Nose is not as good as the 2005 either. On the over extracted and sweet side right now. Syrupy and jammy. I would decant for at least an hour to bring into balance. Not as aromatic as the 2005. Needs more bottle time. There is potential but needs to open up more and smooth out.
I was concerned it was too early but this was better than expected. It was a bit hot and it felt as if the complexity will increase with time ... but if it didn't improve at all it was very enjoyable. Glad I have more.
Actually I thought this showed really well immediately out of the bottle, with a big spicy cherry, cranberry, and pomegranate nose followed by a sappy forest and fruit laden palate. Bigger and more precise but perhaps less complex than the RRV at this time. On day 2 it had an awkward phase when the acids were out of whack but it settled out after a while. This is my style of Pinot. I guess a pop and pour or a long decant would be advised over a short one based on the timing of that phase.
Needs more bottle time. All the components are here, but even after a few hours in decanter the core is tight and the attack is sharp and everything’s a little disjointed. Try again in 6 months. Drank alongside ’06 Antica Terra Botanica Pinot, which was over the top and completely open-knit, and the Chasseur just couldn’t compete with the pleasure factor. Really promising, though.