2019 Capiaux "Chimera" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1555465 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2019 Pinot Noir Chimera is delicious this vintage and a great value. Medium ruby, it's intensely scented of raspberry liqueur, blood orange, licorice, iron and earth. The full-bodied palate is plush, silky and open with generous, spicy fruits and a very long finish. (EB) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

K&L Notes

Sean Capiaux's "Chimera" bottling is a benchmark Russian River Pinot Noir. It typifies the lush, rich fruit that Pinot Noir can attain in this region, but it also maintains wonderful balance and verve. Sourced mostly from Starscape and Widdoes Vineyards, it combines a good chunk of 40+ year old Martini clone Pinot Noir with other more recent Dijon clone plantings. Funnily enough this wine also contains small components of Garys' Vineyard and Pisoni Vineyard both from the Santa Lucia Highlands (from which Capiaux also makes single vineyard wines). Ageing in largely neutral French oak allows the wonderful purity of fruit to take center stage of this bold, expressive, wine. This is sure to make a lot of folks happy, It's a wonderfully crowd-pleasing style that can't be beat at this price. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L Wines Domestic Wine buyer)


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2021 | Send Email
The 2019 Chimera is a formidable wine well worthy of it's mythical namesake. A powerful, full-bodied rendition of Russian River Pinot Noir anchored by the old vines at the famed Widdoes Vineyard. Brooding black cherry, dark brambly fruits, woodsy spices, turned earth and forest floor. A lovely weight and saturation to the mid-palate with beautiful density and texture to the fruit. It's rich and ripe but never feels over-done, and has plenty of earthy tones and structural underpinnings to support the generosity of fruit. Drinking nicely as a young wine, but will continue to improve for a few years and likely go 10 in the cellar with ease. If you enjoy more robust, powerful Pinot Noirs, but not all-out fruit-bombs, checkout this wine from Capiaux, it's hugely satisfying, perfectly executed and an absolute steal for the money.
Top Value! Drink from 2021 to 2030

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