Capiaux Cellars specializes in small lots of vineyard designated Pinot Noir from California. Pinot Noir has always been recognized as one of the noblest red wines, and also one of the most difficult varieties to produce. It has many faces and expressions, from light and fruity to dark and earthy. It is these nuances and qualities that excite Sean Capiaux and his team to continually pursue the "Holy Grail" of Pinot Noir. Founded in 1994, the philosophy is to produce wines that express the unique location from which they came, a sense of place or distinctive quality that sets them apart. Therefore, only high quality, low yielding, select clonal grapes are used, from unique viticultural areas. The winemaking style is a blend of classic and contemporary, utilizing cutting edge fermentation equipment paired with natural hands on winemaking, the emphasis is on balance. All the wines are naturally fermented and unfined and unfiltered to preserve their innate flavours and aromas. Minimal amounts of new oak are used, usually 33%.
Sean Capiaux has an established and notable career at prominent wineries around the world which include: Jordan, Pine Ridge, and Peter Michael in California; Macari, Jamesport and Schneider in Long Island, NY; and Houghton's in Australia. He presently also works as winemaker for O'Shaughnessy winery in the Howell Mountain appellation of Napa Valley
Capiaux “Chimera” Sonoma Coast PInot Noir 2011
Chimera is the only non-single-vineyard Pinot Noir that Capiaux produces. It is a blend of Pinot Noir from four vineyards, 3 from the Sonoma Coast AVA, including 2 from the Petaluma Gap - the Hendricks Vineyard and Lakeville Vineyard, and one from Russian River Valley AVA, Winkler Vineyard....