2018 Capiaux 'Chimera' Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, California
Proprietor and winemaker Sean Capiaux has a degree in enology from California State University Fresno and has a notable career as a winemaker working at Jordan, Pine Ridge and Peter Michael in California. He started his own label, Capiaux Cellars in 1994 and also is the proprietor and winemaker for O'Shaughnessy Winery, a producer of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Howell Mountain appellation of Napa Valley. Capiaux currently produces five vineyard-designate Pinot Noirs from including Garys' Vineyard and Pisoni Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Wilson Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast, and Widdoes Vineyard and Freestone Hill Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Chimera, is a blend from various vineyards. Wine was aged for 11 months in French oak, 10% new. 1200 cases were made.
92 Points, Vinous Media. "The 2018 Pinot Noir Chimera is compelling. Bright, sculpted and energetic, the 2018 is just singing today. Sweet red cherry, mint, blood orange, spice and rose petal all race out of the glass. The Russian River Pinot here has often been a bit juicier, but the 2018 is done in a style that emphasizes aromatic depth and focus. In any event, the 2018 is superb."
40% Starscape Vineyard, Russian River
27% Widdoes Vineyard, Russian River
20% Sale Vineyard, Russian River
5% Pisoni Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands
5% Wilson Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
3% Garys’ Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands