Capiaux Cellars grape source Pisoni Vineyard in late summer

2019 Capiaux Chimera Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, Sonoma

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$30.00
 
SKU: 2019-Chimera-PN

94pts - Wine Advocate

“…Capiaux’s largest-production bottling, is delicious this vintage and a great value. Medium ruby, it’s intensely scented of raspberry liqueur, blood orange, licorice, iron and earth. The full-bodied palate is plush, silky and open with generous, spice fruits and a very long finish.”

89 points - Antonio Galloni

“…rich, plummy and very easy to like. Juicy red cherry, kirsch, spice and cedar are front and center. Soft contours and pliant fruit give this racy Pinot tons of immediacy to match its Russian River exuberance. "

 

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 and value

Medium dark red to purple in color with a vibrant purple hue leads into perfumed aromas of dark berries, crème cherry and raspberry with a light vanilla oak note. Nicely integrated with red cherry fruit, pomegranate, and strawberry preserve. Chimera has a medium weight and tannins with a silky texture and a candied fruit finish.

Appellation: Russian River

Vineyards:

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

Harvest Date: September 17th - October 1st

Brix @ Harvest: 25.8

Bottling Date: August 2019

pH: 3.72

Release Date: April 2020

TA (g/1): 6.1

Aging: French oak, 10% new

Alcohol: 14.6

Months Aging: 11

Production: 1200 cases