2021 Capiaux Widdoes Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River (Green Valley)
97pts - Antonio Galloni/Vinous
..."Widdoes Vineyard is glorious. It is also one of the most complete and engaging wines I have ever tasted from Sean Capiaux. Bright acids pulse through a core of blue/purplish fruit, lavender, sage, menthol and blood orange. The balance of fruit intensity and energy is nothing short of compelling. What a wine!"
I've had access to Widdoes Vineyard for 28 years; named for its late owner, Don Widdoes, and farmed by Dutton Ranch who planted Martini clone Pinot Noir in 1982.The soil is quintessential Russian River Goldridge fine sandy loam. Located just West of the little town of Graton, it is a magical location for pinot noir. The fog rolls in first and burns off late in this Green Valley sub-appellation.
The appearance is medium red with a purple hue and semi-opaque center. From the glass classic aromas of cherry cola, anise with a hint of forest floor. Deep penetrating vinous qualities deliver flavors of rhubarb, blood orange, baked strawberry. Tannins stand up to the vibrant flavors and long, penetrating finish meant to age for years to come.
Fermentation: 20% whole cluster, 5-day cold soak, natural fermentation, open top vessel with punch downs and 11-day total maceration. Malolactic conversion in barrel, aged sur lie until bottled unfined and unfiltered. No acid additions.
Appellation: Russian River (Green Valley sub-appellation)
Vineyard: 100% Widdoes
Harvest Date: September 15th
Brix @ Harvest: 26.6
Bottling Date: September 2022
Release Date: April 2023
TA (g/1): 5.8
Aging: French oak, 30% new
Months Aging: 11
Production: 171 cases