2016 Capiaux Chimera Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, Sonoma
Chimera is one of my earliest wines, the name taken from Greek mythology... "a monster comprised of three different animals" as is depicted on the label. Originally blended from three vineyards back in 2001, I now have access to several excellent Russian River vineyard sources that boost its quality.
Entwined aromas of ripe cherry, pomegranate and cranberry on the nose, followed by baking spices and wonderful blackberry component. A bright ruby/purple color intensity with a big and bold mouthful of flavors like plum, cola, strawberry preserves are held together with velvety tannins and bright acidity.
They say “fences make good neighbors” but I argue that Chimera seals a better deal!
Antonio Galloni 90pts
The 2016 Pinot Noir Chimera is laced with essence of sweet red cherry, underbrush, dried herbs, orange zest and exotic floral notes. Plump and juicy, yet also very much medium in body and gracious, with terrific freshness, the 2016 has much to offer. I would prefer to drink it over the next 7-10 years. A rush of dark red cherry, plum, mocha and licorice infuse the supple, inviting finish. Best of all, the Chimera is a terrific value. Reviewed Apr 2018
Appellation: Russian River
Vineyards: 48% Starscape Vineyard, Russian River
29% Sale Vineyard, Russian River
8% Widdoes Vineyard, Russian River
7% Pisoni Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands
5% Garys’ Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands
3% Wilson Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Harvest Date: August 25 - September 22nd
Brix @ Harvest: 25.1 – 26.5
Bottling Date: August 2017
Release Date: March 2018
TA (g/1): 6.3
Aging: French oak, 15% new
Months Aging: 11
Production: 1063 cases