2015 Capiaux Starscape Vineyard Pinot Noir
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma
Vineyard: 100% Starscape (West Block)
Chemistry: 3.50 pH, 0.67 TA, 14.6% Alc.
New Oak: 35%
Release date: September 1st, 2017
Production: 160 cases
Starscape Vineyard is located in the Northern part of Russian River Valley bordering Mark West Creek within the unofficial sub-region known as Middle Reach. Planted in 1971, these old Martini clone vines are among the oldest known Pinot Noir in Russian River. The effects of annual flooding mark these craggy, thick 47-year old vines yielding less than a ton an acre. I’m so pleased with the unique character and striking quality this old vineyard delivers.
Starscape renders a dark, rich, impenetrable ruby core. The rich color gives way to aromas of dark cherry, crushed Fall forest leaves and clove. Black tea, blueberries and pomegranate with nicely integrated mid-palate green tea tannins. A lasting finish begs for food like duck pate.
Antonio Galloni, Jan 2017: 93 pts
"The 2015 Pinot Noir Starscape (formerly Floodgate) is one of the darkest and most powerful wines in this range from Sean Capiaux. Dark red cherry, plum, lavender, spice, new leather and licorice give the 2015 much of its virile, imposing personality. Ample, broad and super-expressive, the 2015 is very good."