Purchased at release. Still drinking nicely, but faded from earlier bottles. More subtle nose of cherry, underbrush, minerals, and a touch of tar or black licorice. All good. Softer throughout, but still balanced acidity. Clean 15 second finish.
At first I was looking for the smell of wet cardboard thinking that this bottle might be corked; however, I found none. Then I realized that this bottle (2008) was past peaked. It's original nose and first taste were way off, and while it took about 20 minutes to open up, what developed was an underperforming wine that I had to mask with strong cheese to find palatable. Recommend everyone drink theirs now.
Medium red. drank with friends over a delicious meal of braised short ribs, so this influences my quick note. Braised short ribs need a wine with earth, spice and acid, and the Chasseur worked perfectly. Yes, the nose had pinot red fruit, but the complexity of the Chasseur Sonoma County truly complimented the dinner.
Medium-weight. Not exquisite, by any means, but very well balanced and great QPR. This time around I got dates n' some bacon fat. How that's possible, I don't know. (Aside, perhaps, from the lingering taste of pancetta-laced fiddleheads.) The missus loves this one, time and time again.
Ruby red in color medium intensity. Black cherry, forest floor, and spice notes. Zippy on the palate, and lingering for quite awhile, this wine is medium in body, plenty of acidity, and shows darker fruit flavors.