Here’s a knockout pinot noir – the Chasseur, 2009 Sonoma County. It’s so damn good you’ll stare at the glass and talk about its striking concentration of red raspberry fruit to whoever will listen. Yes, even the dog.

It’s a zesty little number and It’s round and silky and absolutely lovely. And if you ask me it’s a steal for $30.

Turns out the wine is produced locally by a chap named Bill Hunter in Sebastopol. He wanted to name his brand Hunter but that was apparently taken so he opted for Chasseur (French for Hunter.) Classy guy.

 Chasseur is made in small quantities, but track it down anyway and give your palate something to talk about.