From the Santa Lucia Highlands’ most famous vineyard, the 2013 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard exhibits the darker fruits that seem to emerge from this site. (This is reportedly an old suitcase clone from the most famous vineyard in Vosne-Romanée.) This wine displays the classic and ethereal forest floor, blackcurrant and black cherry notes with some spring flowers thrown in for additional dimension. The wine is creamy, round, juicy, succulent, and medium to full-bodied. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. Winemaker Sean Capiaux founded his winery in 1994 and continues to make a beautiful array of wines that sell for realistic prices. Everything is bottled unfiltered after being given indigenous yeast fermentations, malolactic in barrel and aged sur lie. His wines are seductive and extremely well-made. (RP)
Dark cherry, plum, violets, lavender, menthol and spices all take shape in the 2013 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard. Typical of this Santa Lucia Highlands site, the Pisoni is dark, sensual and enveloping. This supple, inviting Pinot should drink well for the next few years. This is a strong set of Pinot Noirs from Sean Capiaux, who once again proves he is just as talented with Pinot as he is with the Cabernet Sauvignons he makes for Betty O'Shaughnessy and her husband, Paul Wools. Specifically, the 2014s I tasted recently are brilliant, as they capture all of the intensity and energy that makes this vintage so special. Capiaux's Pinots strike an attractive stylistic middle ground. An increasing move towards slightly larger 350-liter barrels seems to give the wines a bit more verve than they had in the past. (AG)
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