2010 Capiaux, Pinot Noir “Pisoni Vineyard” Santa Lucia Highlands.
If a big wine can be reserved then Sean Capiaux has made it with this 2010 Pisoni Pinot, as it does have the usual depth and concentration, but seems refined and balanced at the same time. The nose is full of briar, incense and loamy earth leading to a dark palate of black cherry, plum and blueberry fruits with hints of mountain berry, bramble, anise and tea spices. This full force Pisoni has more weight to put on in the next year or so in bottle, but it seems pretty round and the texture feels silky already. Fans of this wine and or vineyard will love this version and vintage, and it just might win over some new folks as well with the lovely and lengthy finish that goes on and on. With the years higher acidity, things look good for this wine to keep improving and getting more detailed over the next 5 or so years, I know I plan to follow it a while myself.
($55 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com ($49.95)