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2022 Capiaux Chimera Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, Sonoma

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Chimera is one of my earliest wines, the name taken from Greek mythology... 2022 Capiaux Pinot Noir Chimera"a monster comprised of three different animals" as is depicted on the label. Originally blended from three vineyards back in 2001, it now primarily comes from the Middle Reach of Russian River where mildly warmer weather evokes rich and full flavors. The soil type is Laniger loam, with a Yolo loam over-wash.

In the glass, medium red, moderate purple hue with a transparent center.

Ripe aromas of crushed red cherries, raspberries and plums, pomegranates, red licorice, baking spices.

Flavors of dried bing cherries, tea leaves with balanced acidity, youthful tannins. A finish that coats like warm buttery apple pie filling.

Fermentation: 10% whole cluster, 4-day cold soak, uninoculated fermentation, open top tank with punch downs, 11-day total maceration, ml in barrel aged sur lie until bottling without fining or filtration.

Appellation: Russian River


77% Starscape Vineyard, Russian River

 13% Widdoes Vineyard, Russian River

 7% Garys’ Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands

 2% Goff Vineyard, Russian River

 1% Pisoni Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands

Harvest Date: September 8th - September 20th

Brix @ Harvest: 25.2

Bottling Date: August 2023

pH: 3.75

Release Date: April 2024

TA (g/1): 6.0

Aging: French oak, 10% new

Alcohol: 14.6

Months Aging: 11

Production: 1042 cases