2008 Chasseur "Joyce Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red. High-pitched red berries and flowers on the nose, with complicating notes of star anise and rhubarb. Tangy, finely etched red fruit flavors are given a firm edge by bitter cherry pit and pick up an exotic candied floral quality with air. Impressively precise and light on its feet, but at the same time very concentrated. A deeper note of blackberry arrives on the long, sappy, focused finish. This could be enjoyed now with a couple hours of aeration.
Two stars. The most sophisticated, refined member of the Chasseur brigade, this handsomely crafted effort builds upon its center of energetic, keenly focused red cherry fruit with notes of dried flowers, vanilla beans and the slightest whiff of evergreen. It is the brightest of the group as well, and its medium-full body affords it a slightly livelier step. Its latter palate impressions are both long and firm, and they augur well for years of quiet improvement that will add to its elegant stance.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Pinot Noir Joyce exhibits some reductiveness on the nose, but that blows off with extended aeration. Sweet aromas of raspberries, black cherries and earth are followed by a wine with excellent texture, abundant red fruits in the mouth and a cool climate, refreshing, medium-bodied style. It should drink well for 5-6+ years. Chasseur is a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir specialist, and a fine one at that.
Tightly wound, firm and backward, with dried currant and earthy berry fruit that's firm and concentrated, gaining depth and nuance, suggesting that time will be on its side. Best from 2011 through 2016. 237 cases made. (Web Only, 2010)
Chasseur Wines is dedicated to small lot, handcrafted wines from Sonoma's West County, from the Russian River Valley to the "true" Sonoma Coast.