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Chasseur Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2006

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When the cork is pulled this proves a wine of vivid contrasts, with intensity that is almost aggressive. Aromas of toasted coconut, vanilla wafer, lemon curd, roasted grain, bees wax and suggestions of tarte tatin and peach upside-down cake seem to tumble forth. It settles down quickly on the palate, revealing pretty green apple and pear fruit integrated nicely with layers of creamy vanilla, nutmeggy custard and some firming citric and mineral notes. Airing shows it less powerful than its Sonoma Coast sibling and more vibrantly youthful, as it veers down a different path where the refreshment and focus are high, but everything else turns graceful and feminine. Certain to be even more elegant in a few years, it is delicious right now, given time to settle. Dutton - Rued and Mill Station Clones: Old Wente When the cork is pulled this proves a wine of vivid contrasts, with intensity that is almost aggressive. Aromas of toasted coconut, vanilla wafer, lemon curd, roasted grain, bees wax and suggestions of tarte tatin and peach upside-down cake seem to tumble forth. Buy More and Save!Receive 10% off all purchases of 12 bottles and more! When the cork is pulled this proves a wine of vivid contrasts, with intensity that is almost aggressive. Aromas of toasted coconut, vanilla wafer, lemon curd, roasted grain, bees wax and suggestions of tarte tatin and peach upside-down cake seem to tumble forth. It settles down quickly on the palate, revealing pretty green apple and pear fruit integrated nicely with layers of creamy vanilla, nutmeggy custard and some firming citric and mineral notes. Airing shows it less powerful than its Sonoma Coast sibling and more vibrantly youthful, as it veers down a different path where the refreshment and focus are high, but everything else turns graceful and feminine. Certain to be even more elegant in a few years, it is delicious right now, given time to settle. A challenging vintage the 2006 set a bumper crop. Rain in the spring set the stage for microbial problems in the fall. Excessive heat in the early summer created berry damage. Copious fruit thinning at verasion and serious sorting especially by the growers in the field brought in fruit to be proud of. Finally, excessive saignee or bleeding of juice from the must at the fermenter in the winery led to a higher solid to juice ratio creating wines with excellent color and flavor concentration. Sugar: 25.8 Brix Oak: French Oak

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Hunter Wine Cellars, LLC:
Chasseur Wines is dedicated to small lot, hand-crafted wines in the old French tradition with emphasis on vineyard designates. Our small size (presently about 2,700 cases) allows complete control over the winemaking process, therefore, enabling us to produce the finest wines the fruit has to offer. We are pursuing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay's final and possibly finest frontier, Sonoma's 'West Co... Read more
Chasseur Wines is dedicated to small lot, hand-crafted wines in the old French tradition with emphasis on vineyard designates. Our small size (presently about 2,700 cases) allows complete control over the winemaking process, therefore, enabling us to produce the finest wines the fruit has to offer. We are pursuing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay's final and possibly finest frontier, Sonoma's 'West County'. Still in its renaissance this area is composed of the western edge of the Russian River Valley and beyond, known as the 'true' Sonoma Coast. This area is in and around the townships of Sebastopol, Freestone and Occidental. Read less

External Reviews for Chasseur Chardonnay Russian River Valley

External Review
Source: Millesima USA LLC
05/18/2010

1 x 750ML Bottle



When the cork is pulled this proves a wine of vivid contrasts, with intensity that is almost aggressive. Aromas of toasted coconut, vanilla wafer, lemon curd, roasted grain, bees wax and suggestions of tarte tatin and peach upside-down cake seem to tumble forth. It settles down quickly on the palate, revealing pretty green apple and pear fruit integrated nicely with layers of creamy vanilla, nutmeggy custard and some firming citric and mineral notes. Airing shows it less powerful than its Sonoma Coast sibling and more vibrantly youthful, as it veers down a different path where the refreshment and focus are high, but everything else turns graceful and feminine. Certain to be even more elegant in a few years, it is delicious right now, given time to settle. Dutton - Rued and Mill Station Clones: Old Wente When the cork is pulled this proves a wine of vivid contrasts, with intensity that is almost aggressive. Aromas of toasted coconut, vanilla wafer, lemon curd, roasted grain, bees wax and suggestions of tarte tatin and peach upside-down cake seem to tumble forth. Buy More and Save!Receive 10% off all purchases of 12 bottles and more! When the cork is pulled this proves a wine of vivid contrasts, with intensity that is almost aggressive. Aromas of toasted coconut, vanilla wafer, lemon curd, roasted grain, bees wax and suggestions of tarte tatin and peach upside-down cake seem to tumble forth. It settles down quickly on the palate, revealing pretty green apple and pear fruit integrated nicely with layers of creamy vanilla, nutmeggy custard and some firming citric and mineral notes. Airing shows it less powerful than its Sonoma Coast sibling and more vibrantly youthful, as it veers down a different path where the refreshment and focus are high, but everything else turns graceful and feminine. Certain to be even more elegant in a few years, it is delicious right now, given time to settle. A challenging vintage the 2006 set a bumper crop. Rain in the spring set the stage for microbial problems in the fall. Excessive heat in the early summer created berry damage. Copious fruit thinning at verasion and serious sorting especially by the growers in the field brought in fruit to be proud of. Finally, excessive saignee or bleeding of juice from the must at the fermenter in the winery led to a higher solid to juice ratio creating wines with excellent color and flavor concentration. Sugar: 25.8 Brix Oak: French Oak

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