2021 Capiaux Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands
Garys' Vineyard is a highly acclaimed and storied site owned by two Garys: Pisoni and Francioni. It was planted in the mid ‘90’s to the Pisoni clone of Pinot Noir in Santa Lucia Highlands Arroyo Seco sandy loam soil receiving 10-13 inches of rain a year. Steady Monterey Bay winds provide a long and steady growing season. With my first vintage of Garys’ in 1999 , I became dedicated to the quality of this special place and could sense its old-world beginnings and it’s ability to rival some of the great Burgundy “grand cru” sites.
Swirling in the glass, medium light red with a moderate purple hue. Red fruit aromas intermixed with vanilla, light smokey barrel tones. Flavors of plum, craisins and currants all meld into the rich, sweet oak finish with moderate tannins.
Fermentation: 15% whole cluster, 5-day cold soak, natural fermentation using open top tank with punch downs, 17-day total maceration. Malolactic conversion in barrel, aged sur lie until bottled unfined and unfiltered. No acid or nutrient additions.
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard: 100% Garys’
Harvest Date: September 23rd
Bottling Date: September 2022
Release Date: April 2023
Aging: French oak, 30% new
Months Aging: 11
Brix @ Harvest: 25.4
TA (g/1): 5.7
Production: 148 cases