Sean Capiaux has a great following for his eponymous Pinot Noir, but he is best known for taming the Howell Mountain and Mt. Veeder tannins in Betty O’ Shaughnessy’s Cabernet Sauvignon.
Originally a blend of three different Russian River Valley vineyards in 2001, thus named “Chimera” for the Greek mythology monster comprised of three different animals. The 2016 Chimera is a blend of the following vineyards; 48% Starscape Vineyard, Russian River, 29% Sale Vineyard, Russian River, 8% Widdoes Vineyard, Russian River, 7% Pisoni Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, 5% Garys’ Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, and 3% Wilson Vineyard, Sonoma Coast. Aged for 11 months in 15% new French oak. 14.5% alcohol.
“Entwined aromas of ripe cherry, pomegranate and cranberry on the nose, followed by baking spices and wonderful blackberry component. A bright ruby/purple color intensity with a big and bold mouthful of flavors like plum, cola, strawberry preserves are held together with velvety tannins and bright acidity.” – Sean Capiaux
“The 2016 Pinot Noir Chimera is laced with essence of sweet red cherry, underbrush, dried herbs, orange zest and exotic floral notes. Plump and juicy, yet also very much medium in body and gracious, with terrific freshness, the 2016 has much to offer….A rush of dark red cherry, plum, mocha and licorice infuse the supple, inviting finish. Best of all, the Chimera is a terrific value. Reviewed Apr 2018” – Antonio Galloni