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The Rival of Roar, Pisoni, Kosta Browne & Sea Smoke @ Under $45

"The wines are seductive &
 extremely well-made... round, juicy, succulent, sensual, enveloping..."
-Parker & Galloni
2013 Capiaux Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Only a few hundred cases made -- extremely limited production!
  • Sean Capiaux is O'Shaughnessy & former Peter Michael Winemaker, usually scores 97-100 pts
  • Pisoni Vineyard is clone from Vosne-Romanee Le Tache Vineyard in Burgundy
Parker: "Napa's most talented winemaker..." Sean Capiaux
Greetings, Pinot Pros!

This is a special notice to previous buyers of our exceptional Pinot Noirs. We have received an extremely limited quantity of the single vineyard Pisoni and Gap's Crown Vineyards from Capiaux, and wanted you to have a chance to order some before these delicious wines are gone. Comparable to Sea Smoke, Kosta Browne and Roar single-vineyard Pinots, these wines are extremely limited and we won't be able to order more.

Sean Capiaux has an established and notable career at prominent wineries around the world which include: Jordan, Pine Ridge, Peter Michael, and currently (and most renowned for) O'Shaughnessy, crafting 97-100 point rated Howell and Mount Veeder Cabs which sell out before even making it onto any shelves, anywhere!

Founded in 1994, Capiaux Cellars is dedicated to producing single vineyard bottlings of Pinot Noir, expressing the unique location from which they came, and delivering distinctive qualities reflecting their site of origin. Only high quality, limited quantity, low-yielding, select clonal grapes are used from exclusive vineyards in ideal viticultural areas. The Vineyards: The vineyards are contracted by-the-acre rather than per-ton, allowing Capiaux to prune, shoot-thin and reduce crop yields as desired, by paying the grower for his crop regardless of lower tonnage.

Combining classic hands-on winemaking and contemporary equipment, winemaking emphasis is on balance. Rather than extractive punch- downs, Sean relies exclusively on tank pump-overs for fruit purity and maceration. All wines are carefully hand-sorted before natural fermentation, use minimal amounts of new oak (usually 33%), occasional judicious and minimal use of ripe stems, and are bottled unfined and unfiltered. 

Pinot Report: "Each of the Capiaux wines was extremely well balanced and had terrific structure, mainly driven by their vineyard source, but all still felt like they belonged in the same family. 

Antonio Galloni: "Capiaux's Pinots are rich, fruit-driven and generous wines with considerable appeal. Capiaux nailed 2012 - his wines have great depth and richness, but aren't' overdone."

The name Pisoni is synonymous with Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. An iconic site, located in the far southern hills of the Santa Lucia Highlands, which run along the western edge of the Salinas Valley in Monterey County, their eponymous vineyard is situated on a long sloping hillside facing east and southeast above the main valley. Pisoni Vineyard is unquestionably one of Monterey County's defining sites, and this cool area is perfect for the unique clone of Pinot Noir grown by the Pisonis.


93 Points - Robert Parker:

"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." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (30th Dec 2015)

91 Points 
- Antonio Galloni:
"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." - Antonio Galloni (September 2015)

Only 7 cases left in-stock!

Winery Price:                  $65.00 btl
Average Web Price:       $53.00 btl
Our Sale Prices:

$44.97 btl ( 1-5 )
$42.97 btl (6-11)
$39.99 btl (12+ )

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89 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Aromas of toast, char, and milk chocolate along with blue and black fruit are followed by velvety soft fruit flavors. It shows an appealing sense of balance and polish." - SS (12/31/2016)