2013 Chasseur "Graton's Choice" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
*Three Stars* Specializing in deeply fruity, pulpy, hazy-appearing Chardonnays that are full of varietal goodness, Chasseur wines can be hard to find but are well worth the search-as evidenced by the very high commendations they have garnered over the years and continue to earn with this set of releases. Graton's Choice is loaded with ripe apple fruit aromas that combine a fresh-from-the-press level of juicy exuberance with complexing notes of ripe pears, roasted grains and suggestions of hazelnuts and toasted vanilla. Full and wonderfully supple on the palate with plenty of back-palate grip for balance and a long, generous aftertaste, this wine is directed to those who go for the gusto.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Chardonnay Graton’s Choice is a bold, concentrated Chardonnay with loads of beeswax, honeysuckle, tangerine oil and tropical fruit. It is rich, full-bodied, and probably closest in style to some of the Chardonnay Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer have made at Marcassin Estate on the Sonoma Coast. This is a beauty to drink over the next 3-4 years. (RP)
A rich yet delicate style, with a trim offering of spicy oak, key lime, lemon and green apple notes that hold their focus, ending with a clean, zesty aftertaste. Drink now. 97 cases made. (JL, Web-2016)