2013 Capiaux "Pisoni Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1306545 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From the Santa Lucia Highlands’ most famous vineyard, the 2013 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard exhibits the darker fruits that seem to emerge from this site. (This is reportedly an old suitcase clone from the most famous vineyard in Vosne-Romanée.) This wine displays the classic and ethereal forest floor, blackcurrant and black cherry notes with some spring flowers thrown in for additional dimension. The wine is creamy, round, juicy, succulent, and medium to full-bodied. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. Winemaker Sean Capiaux founded his winery in 1994 and continues to make a beautiful array of wines that sell for realistic prices. Everything is bottled unfiltered after being given indigenous yeast fermentations, malolactic in barrel and aged sur lie. His wines are seductive and extremely well-made. (RP)  (12/2015)

91 points Vinous

 Dark cherry, plum, violets, lavender, menthol and spices all take shape in the 2013 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard. Typical of this Santa Lucia Highlands site, the Pisoni is dark, sensual and enveloping. This supple, inviting Pinot should drink well for the next few years. This is a strong set of Pinot Noirs from Sean Capiaux, who once again proves he is just as talented with Pinot as he is with the Cabernet Sauvignons he makes for Betty O'Shaughnessy and her husband, Paul Wools. Specifically, the 2014s I tasted recently are brilliant, as they capture all of the intensity and energy that makes this vintage so special. Capiaux's Pinots strike an attractive stylistic middle ground. An increasing move towards slightly larger 350-liter barrels seems to give the wines a bit more verve than they had in the past. (AG)  (9/2015)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Lucia Highlands