2010 Capiaux, Pinot Noir “Widdoes Vineyard” Russian River Valley.
Sean Capiaux’s 2010’s are showing remarkable ripeness and depth, highlighting great grapes, farming and artisan talents with the 2010 Widdoes being a gem of a Pinot Noir. While I usually go wild for his Garys’ (out now as wll) and Pisoni (soon to be released, it is the 2010 Capiaux “Widdoes” that is showing off at this stage and it should even get better with a another year or so in bottle. The nose starts slightly closed and reduced, but quickly opens to dried flowers, lavender, tea spices and tangy red currants, wait a bit longer and mineral, smoke and kirsch come out in subtle fashion, all of which lingers while the palate holds blueberry, cola bean, baked ham and cranberry before a strong wave of cherry and raspberry fruit takes over. There is lots to love and tons to hold your attention in this savvy Pinot and showcases Sean Capiaux’s unmistakable signature richness and intrigue.
($42 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive


avail. at www.sfwtc.com ($39.95)

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