Capiaux Old Vine Pinot Noir 2018
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
Being the second vintage of my two “old vine” vineyard sources, this wine has much potential for richness and aging. I look forward to seeing where this takes the discussion of old vine pinot noir.
Opaque dark brick red color emits leather and pencil lead blended with dark red fruit on the nose. Root beer, raspberry and cranberry flavors are entwined with young tannins and nice acids.
Sean Capiaux's 2018 Pinot Noir Old Vine is a blend from Widdoes and Starscape, both planted with Martini clone, which tends to give an especially aromatic, exotic Pinot. Blood orange, mint, spice, star anise and kirsch all lift from the glass. Like all of these Pinots, the Old Vine is a bit clenched today, and yet its potential is evident. This is such a pretty and distinctive wine with a ton of underlying energy that just needs a bit of time to be at its most expressive.