The new Chimera from Capiaux is one of the finest Russian River Pinots out there for the money. Don't miss!
94 Points Vinous: "The Capiaux 2021 Pinot Noir Chimera is a rich, heady wine. A burst of dark red cherry, plum, lavender, rose petal and blood orange are all dialed up. This bold, generous Pinot delivers the goods, big time. It's a fabulous entry-level offering from Sean Capiaux, if that term can even be used here. The Chimera is mostly young vines from Starscape, with dollops from Widdoes, Pisoni and Garys’. Sean Capiaux's 2021 Pinot Noirs are impressive. They are the best wines I have ever tasted here. The 2021s offer a combination of fruit density and vibrancy that is absolutely compelling...This is a special vintage for Capiaux."
Proprietor and winemaker Sean Capiaux has a degree in enology from California State University Fresno and has a notable career as a winemaker working at Jordan, Pine Ridge and Peter Michael in California, Macari, Jamesport and Schneider in Long Island, New York, and Houghton's in Australia. He started his own label, Capiaux Cellars in 1994 and also is the proprietor and winemaker for O'Shaughnessy Winery, a producer of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Howell Mountain appellation of Napa Valley.
Capiaux currently produces five vineyard-designate Pinot Noirs from Garys' Vineyard and Pisoni Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Wilson Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast, and Widdoes Vineyard and Freestone Hill Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. An additional Pinot Noir, Chimera, is a blend from Sonoma County.c
One of the best new Pinot Noir producers in California! The partners, who all previously worked at Williams Selyem, are deeply committed to crafting high quality, cool climate single vineyard Pinot Nor, Syrah and Chardonnay sourced from vineyards in Northern California. Limited.
94 Points Robert Parker: "Medium ruby-purple, the 2020 Pinot Noir Comptche Ridge is scented of pomegranate, blueberry, tea leaves, mushrooms and forest floor. The medium-bodied palate offers an intense core of perfumed berry fruit supported by grainy tannins and bright acidity, and it finishes long and sapid. Drink it now for its plush, alluring fruit."
previous vintage 96 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "Another stellar wine in this range, the Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Comptche Ridge is fabulous. In this vintage, the Comptche Ridge is a bit richer and deeper than it has been, while avoiding some of the austerity this wine can show. Beguiling in its aromatics and finely sculpted, the 2018 is marvelously complex. There is plenty of tannin, and the acids are bright (as they are for all these wines), but the 2018 is deep and so multi-faceted. It will appeal most to readers who enjoy taut, structured reds."
Located a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, this vineyard sits near the tiny town of Annapolis, and is farmed by Steve Campbell. At approximately 750 feet above sea level, it sits right at the boundary of the marine layer, ensuring that the cool, coastal climate delays ripening well beyond the warmer vineyards to the east. The two-decade-old vines grow on sandy, low-vigor Goldridge soil, which helps reduce yields to near two tons per acre.
Rare new Pinot Noir from renowned winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and Schrader Cellars: introducing Aston Estate. Limited.
Aston Estate, founded in 2001, is an exceptional Sonoma-based collaboration between winemaker Thomas Brown, vintner Fred Schrader, and as Schrader Cellars coins, "Secret Weapon, Mr. Big." Part of the Schrader umbrella, the 40 acre-estate along the Sonoma Coast produces exclusively Pinot Noir that is classically styled with rich and elegant palate profiles.
The Aston Estate 2020 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a deep, dark, and structured wine from a strong, well-rounded vintage. The wine displays an almost completely opaque dark purple hue in the glass. Exotic aromas of bay leaf, macerated bramble fruit, blood orange and cedar bough emerge from the glass in concert. The palate is defined by mouth-watering freshness from front to back, marked by notes of fresh earth, cherry reduction, crushed rock and primrose. There is so much generosity and complexity to this wine, only time will tell what great notions will come to light in the bottle.