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2013 Capiaux "Gap's Crown Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Previously $50)

SKU #1306551 93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2013 Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard, from a cool site in the Petaluma Gap, presents an intriguing combination of bright red stone fruit, game, smoke licorice. A host of cranberry, blood orange and exotic spice notes flesh out as the wine opens up in the glass. There is more than enough intrigue and nuance to follow for the next handful of years. A closing flourish of floral and savory overtones rounds things out nicely. 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. This year, I found the Sonoma wines a touch above the rest. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2013 Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown, from a windy, cold spot in Petaluma Gap, sees 50% new oak. This wine displays loads of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit as well as hints of strawberry, forest floor and subtle smoke in a lovely, round, juicy, medium to full-bodied style. 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) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/4/2020 | Send Email
A stunning Pinot Noir from what is widely considered a Grand Cru vineyard. Gap's Crown sits on the lower slopes of Sonoma Mountain in what is now known as the Petaluma Gap AVA. This small sub-region of the larger Sonoma Coast AVA is distinct for its funnel-like effect of cooling ocean breezes that swoop in from the coast through a wind gap between coastal mountains. The effect on the vines is lower yields, more flavor concentration from the longer, cooler growing season, and fresh acidity from the moderated temperatures. Fruit from this hillside vineyard is highly sought after and it has long been a prized single vineyard designate for iconic Pinot Producers such as Kosta Browne, Patz & Hall, Paul Hobbs, Sojourn and others. Sean Capiaux 's deep connections in the wine industry allowed him to get his hands on some of this prized fruit and we're delighted to be able to offer this wine with seriously discounted pricing! Plus it's 2013 vintage and is drinking great! Silky smooth on the palate with suave deep red fruits, exotic baking spices, dry leaves, wisps of smoky oak and earthy, mineral undertones. Perfect for popping right now, but still has 5+ years in the tank for sure.

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