2012 Cazar, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast.
The second label to Chassuer and made by William Hunter, Cazar has certainly carved out a niche and attracted a huge loyal following, this label produces one of the best value selection of handcrafted Pinot Noir and Syrah wines out there, at around $20, these wines are just fantastic, especially the latest 2012 Pinot Noir offering, that is already stunningly delicious and a must have wine of the vintage for those on a budget, like me for sure. I’ve long been a buyer and fan of the Cazar wines, and if you’ve missed them in the past, it is time for you to discover them, you’ll be blown away by the detail and quality you’ll find, these really are some of the best deals around. The 2012 Cazar Sonoma Coast Pinot is a cuvee of selected vineyard sites in and around the Russian River area, it has all the hallmarks of a top small production wine, unique and artisan crafted with great attention to balance and detail, it shows density, pure fruit and subtle minerallity along with bright acidity. Well judged oak notes add to the pleasing character of this Pinot Noir and the length is quite intriguing. The nose is bright with fresh red berry, cut flowers and almost a candied citrus note leading to a palate bursting with energy, black cherry, plum and raspberry fruit, mineral spice, pepper, tea and mocha. Drink this vibrant and lush Pinot over the next 3-5 years, this is a super wine at a great price.
($22 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive
Avail at www.sfwtc.com ($19.95)