This Pinot Noir from cool climate Sonoma Coast is a marvel of fruit and finesse. Winemaker Bill Hunter is old school: No fining or filtering for his Chasseur Pinot. The 2007 unfolds like a flower in the glass, scented with cherries and raspberries with a whiff of earth. It's all silk in the mouth, medium-bodied and tasting, well, like new world Pinot Noir with a light veil of spice. Together, Hunter and the Sonoma Coast have produced an elegant Pinot, testament to this wild and beautiful place and its potential for grapes. Just 31 barrels made.
Just the bottle for a simple roast chicken or grilled lamb chops. It would also be terrific with Copper River salmon.
Region: Sonoma Coast
Price: From $35 to $40
Style: Elegant and complex
What it goes with: Roast chicken, grilled lamb chops, salmon
Where to find it: Green Jug in Woodland Hills, (818) 887-9463, http://www.greenjug.com; John and Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310) 657-3080, http://www.johnandpetes.com; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com. It's also from Chasseur Wines in Sebastopol at http://www.chasseurwines.com.