Sean Capiaux the 97 Point winemaker (O’Shaughnessy/Capiaux) has just released a few amazing 2009 vintages of this Capiaux label; Chimera (92 Points) and Widdoes (94 Points). Both wines are stunning and as it was the case in the past – very limited. I also have a small amount of his 2008 Pisoni (94 Points) in stock. The 2009 Pisoni is slated for late fall 2011.
Capiaux 2009 Widdoes Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Retail 45.00 – GGWC 39.99
This vineyard is the source for some other amazing wines (DuMol, Kosta Browne, Roessler, etc.). This very small production greets you with a gorgeous nose of strawberries and bright red stone fruits. On the palate; this well-constructed youngster offers a full, intense body loaded with some more red and black stone fruit and a velvety appearance with a slight touch of earthiness and minerality. The wine finishes with a amazingly beautiful long finish.
Capiaux 2009 Chimera, Sonoma Coast
Retail 35.00 – GGWC 31.99
The Chimera is cuvee of the Widdoes (RRV), Hendricks (Sonoma Coast/Petaluma Gap), Lakeville (Sonoma Coast/Petaluma Gap), Winkler (RRV) and Maritime Vineyards (Sonoma Coast). This “value” bottling is amazingly sexy from the get-go. On the nose this wine is amazingly fragrant – loaded with exotic aromas, red stone fruit and a touch of minerality. On the palate one will experience a medium to full bodied wine that is lush and bright – more red cherries and some earthy minerality. The wine is complex and well-balanced and finishes gorgeously.