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Made by Bill Hunter, this is the sister bottling to his Chasseur label. Slightly higher in alcohol content than many Pinot Noirs, this one emphasizes earth, complexity and depth over sheer fruit or power. Aged in French oak -- try it with roast chicken or turkey.
Bill Hunter, winemaker for Chasseur, is one of the “Wild Men of West County,” a band of winemakers interested in the Pinot Noir grown in far western Russian River Valley and true Sonoma Coast. A graduate of University California Davis (1987), he gained his early winemaking experience at Rombauer, Bonny Doon and Chauffe-Eau Cellars. In 1994 he began making some wine on the side, starting with two barrels of Dutton Chardonnay and one barrel of Carneros Pinot Noir. Soon he started his own label, Chasseur, the French term for Hunter.
Chasseur Wines is dedicated to small lot, hand-crafted wines in the old French tradition with emphasis on vineyard designates. Their small size (presently about 2,700 cases) allows complete control over the winemaking process.
Mid-Northern Sonoma's proximity to the coast, as well as the dense fogs that creep down hillsides, is the key to the region's favorable viticultural tendencies. Long a source for excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the area in and surrounding the Russian River Valley benefit with long, ideal growing seasons, allowing the perfect balance in ripening the fruit.