Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Capiaux 2005 Chimera Sonoma County Pinot Noir

After many years experience in the wine making business at several prominent wineries all over the world, Sean Capiaux founded Capiaux Cellars in 1994. Producing exclusively Pinot Noirs he mixes traditional Burgundy wine making methods with more modern techniques to produce the ultimate wines. His wines are naturally fermented, aged in mostly 1-2 year old French Oak (only about 1/3 are new barrels), unfined, and unfiltered, the goal being for the wine to show it's terroire. Later in 2001 he also joined O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery as the winemaker, producing Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Capiaux 2005 Chimera Sonoma County Pinot Noir shows a beautiful dark red ruby color in the glass. On the nose dark plum, cherries and an earthy quality. Tastes of restrained cherries and raspberry on the palate, with firm tannins and enough acidity for this wine to age well for several years to come.
I payed $28 for this wine, but you can find it at Wine-Searcher.com from $23.95.
I really enjoyed this Pinot and think it has a reasonable price for a good quality wine. I am looking forward to try their single vineyard Pinot Noirs (higher in price) in the near future.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Victoria --

Where's the Love? This is the guy who turned you on to the Capiaux.

And he did not start O'Shaugnessy: Betty O'Shaughnessy started the winery and Sean was later hired to be the winemaker.

I cannot wait to see the Phipps Family Cellars write-up.

Nice work...

Warmest Personal Regards,
Andy Phipps

Victoria said...

Hi Andy! Glad to see that you check out my blog. Thanks! And thank you for the correction regarding O'Shaughnessy...
I'll take care of that ASAP!!! Do not want to give misleading info, do I?