2011 Capiaux, Pinot Noir “Garys’ Vineyard” Santa Lucia Highlands.
Sean Capiaux’s 2011 Garys’ shows remarkable poise, balance and lift in this difficult vintage, yet retains the classic terroir markers for this world class site as well. This impressive wine shows deep color, lush silky layers, bright acidity and refined tannins with fresh cherry, plum, loganberry fruits, mocha, mineral essences, briar and anise notes. The warm French oak shadings fold in nicely on this Pinot Noir never overshadowing the fruit and adding a good frame for the wine, while spicy notes and hints of earth and saline add a mouthwatering edge that drives on to the finish which turns creamy with air and lingers with tangy fruit and a touch of vanilla. The 2011 Garys’ really entertains the palate and and fulfills the mind all very lively, rich and seductive now, and will continue to develop over the next few years, drinking best from 2015-2019, even though I do love it now.
($50 Est.) 92-94 Points, grapelive
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