Capiaux Cellars

Pinot Noir has always been recognized as one of the noblest red wines, and also one of the most difficult varieties to produce. It has many faces and expressions, from light and fruity to dark and earthy. It is these nuances and qualities that excite us to continually pursue the "Holy Grail" of Pinot Noir. Sean Capiaux founded Capiaux Cellars in 1994, Capiaux cellars is dedicated to producing single vineyard bottlings of Pinot Noir. The philosophy is to produce wines that express the unique location from which they came, a sense of place or distinctive quality that sets them apart. Therefore, only high quality, low yielding, select clonal grapes are used, from unique viticultural areas.

The winemaking style is a blend of classic and contemporary, utilizing cutting edge fermentation equipment paired with natural hands on winemaking, our emphasis is on balance All the wines are naturally fermented and unfined and unfiltered to preserve their innate flavors and aromas. Minimal amounts of new oak are used, usually 33%.

Capiaux Cellars specializes in small lots of vineyard designated Pinot Noir from California

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Capiaux 'Widdoes' Pinot Noir 2016
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93+ "The 2016 Pinot Noir Widdoes Vineyard is a bold, pungent wine, with huge tannins that are going to need quite a bit of time to soften. Succulent black cherry, plum, lavender, game, mint and violet gradually reveal themselves, but only with great reluctance. In 2016, Sean Capiaux
Item Number: 32050
Case: $443.40
In stock but not avail for immediate pickup

Capiaux 'Chimera' Pinot Noir 2016
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "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. I would prefer to drink it over
Item Number: 31399
Case: $323.40

Capiaux 'Gaps Crown' Pinot Noir 2014
The Wine 2014 Gap’s Crown Vineyard (Sonoma Coast/Petaluma Gap) on the West side of Sonoma Mountain, this breezy area is fast becoming known for earthy Pinot Noir you will love to open on a cold night!  The Vineyard Gap's Crown vineyard is located in the cool and windy Petaluma Gap in
Item Number: 27536

Capiaux 'Widdoes' Pinot Noir 2015
93  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2015 Pinot Noir Widdoes Vineyard, which comes from the cold Green Valley sub-region of the Russian River, sees a lot of new oak by Capiaux’s standards (65%). The wine displays a touch of smoky spice, almost barbecue-like notes in the background, but there’s great fruit – black

Capiaux 'Wilson Pinot Noir 2014
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The outstanding 2014 Pinot Noir Wilson Vineyard is a slightly larger cuvée, and again, Capiaux’s tendency to make sexy, lush Pinots is well-displayed in this round, juicy, slightly deeper wine than the Gap’s Crown, with black cherry, strawberry, darker currants, some loamy earth

Capiaux 'Chimera' Pinot Noir 2015
92  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 92 "His 2015 Pinot Noir Chimera comes primarily from Russian River vineyards but a tiny percentage is from the Sonoma Coast and even a drop or two from the Santa Lucia Highlands. This wine has a deep ruby color and a big, sweet kiss of raspberry, black cherry, incense and floral

Capiaux 'Widdoes' Pinot Noir 2014
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "A classic, Russian River Pinot, the 2014 Widdoes Vineyard is plump, juicy and extroverted to the core. Sweet red cherry, plum, mint and spice notes fill out the wine's generous frame. With time in the glass, some of the more typically exotic Martini clone overtones come forward. A

Capiaux 'Wilson Pinot Noir 2013
93  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2013 Pinot Noir Wilson Vineyard sees slightly less new oak but shows even more intensity and depth. It offers attractive forest floor, strawberry and black cherry fruit notes, some sandalwood, underbrush, and plenty of fragrance in a medium to full-bodied, beautifully supple,

Capiaux 'Pisoni' Pinot Noir 2012
94  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 94 "Veins of Sonoma Coast salinity and energy support a core of vibrant, chiseled fruit in the 2012 Pinot Noir Wilson Vineyard. The flavors are bright and focused from start to finish. Dark red cherry, plum, spice and menthol are some of the many notes that blossom on the supple,

Capiaux 'Gaps Crown' Pinot Noir 2012
94  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 94  "The 2012 Pinot Noir Gaps Crown is one of the darker, more virile wines in this range. Red and purple leaning fruit, smoke, game, leather and spices are some of the many notes that flesh out in Sean Capiaux's Pinot Noir Gaps Crown. The 2012 is rich and expansive to the core, but

Capiaux 'Chimera' Pinot Noir 2014
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Sean Capiaux's 2014 Pinot Noir Chimera is one of the great values in artisan California Pinot Noir. Bright floral aromatics soar over a core of sweet, red fleshed stone fruits. Readers will have a very hard time finding a classier and more delicious Pinot than this for the price.

Capiaux 'Widdoes' Pinot Noir 2012
Vinous 93 "Dark cherry, plum, cola, spices and new leather flesh out in the 2012 Pinot Noir Widdoes Vineyard. A classic Russian River Pinot in its overt fruit and rich, resonant texture, the 2012 Widdoes is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Today, the oak is a little bit present, but otherwise this is a

Capiaux 'Chimera' Pinot Noir 2012
93  Antonio Galloni 
Antonio Galloni 93 "The 2012 Pinot Noir Chimera is the most subtle and layered of Sean Capiaux's three 2012 Pinots. Sweet tobacco, anise, herbs, red cherries, mint and licorice meld together as the 2012 opens up in the glass. This elegant, polished Pinot should drink well for at least another

Capiaux 'Chimera' Pinot Noir 2011
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2011 Pinot Noir Chimera is laced with expressive red fruits, flowers and mint. Hints of orange peel and blood orange appear later, adding both brightness and an element of exoticism that is hugely appealing. Medium in body, the Chimera is probably best enjoyed over the next

Capiaux 'Widdoes' Pinot Noir 2011
" The Widdoes Pinot Noir has a bright medium dark red color. Aromas of blueberries, raspberries, violets, forest floor, and the signature cherry cola lead you into the clean and crisp palate with a minerality that is layered by lavender and clove flavors.  This is the fourteenth year I’ve released

Capiaux 'Pisoni Vyd' Pinot Noir 2010
92  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 92 "Bright dark red. Good peppery lift to the powerful aromas of dark fruits and spices. Densely packed but sappy and juicy, offering terrific lift for its rich texture. Really saturates the mouth with flavor. Finishes sweet, tactile and lightly saline, with a meaty suggestion of

Capiaux 'Garys Vyd' Pinot Noir 2010
90  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 90 "Backward, tight nose hints at black fruits, pepper, fresh herbs and spices. Beefy and rather powerful but slow to unfold, with a slightly tart quality and firm acidity dominating the wine today. Very young and unevolved but there's very good texture here. This will need at

Capiaux 'Widdoes Vyd' Pinot Noir 2010
92  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 92 "The 2010 Pinot Noir Widdoes Vineyard bursts from the glass with sweet red berries, flowers and spices. This is a fairly tense style of Russian River Pinot, with plenty of underlying structure and acidity. Layers of fruit build effortlessly to the long, vibrant finish. I especially

Capiaux 'Pisoni' Pinot Noir 2009
91  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 91 "Deep ruby-red. Wild, slightly reduced aromas of brambly blackberry, strawberry, black cherry, black pepper and wild mint. Large-scaled, rich and sweet but with firm acidity and rather powerful pinot tannins calling for at least a couple years of additional time in bottle. A bit

Capiaux 'Chimera' Pinot Noir 2010
89  Stephen Tanzer 
Wine Advocate 89 "The 2010 Pinot Noir Chimera is a beautiful wine that captures the essence of the Sonoma Coast in a fairly rich style for the appellation. Dark red fruit melds into sweet herbs, spices and licorice in this generous, plush Pinot. The wine finds its focus and minerality in the rich,

Capiaux 'Freestone' Pinot Noir 2009
92  Stephen Tanzer 
 Stephen Tanzer 92 "Full red-ruby. Highly nuanced nose offers raspberry, mocha, coffee, cola, mint, earth and minerals. Sexy, savory and seamless, with an impression of thickness leavened by strong berry intensity (pomegranate?) and pronounced minerality. Firm but harmonious acidity and suave

Capiaux 'Gary's Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2009
94  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 94 "Aged in 50% new French oak, the 2009 Pinot Noir Garys Vineyard is another textbook example of this wonderful sector of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Sweet black currant and black raspberry fruit aromas intermixed with notions of licorice and earth jump from the glass of this

Capiaux 'Pisoni Vynd' Pinot Noir 2008
93  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 93 "Aromas of black raspberry, minerals, licorice, violet and underbrush, with a menthol nuance. Dense and thick on entry, then powerful and full in the middle, with enough depth and sweetness to the dark fruit and spice flavors to avoid coming off as warm. A big, full, flavorful

Capiaux 'Chimera' Pinot Noir 2009
91  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 91 "Another intriguing offering is the 2009 Pinot Noir Chimera. Most Burgundy varietals did well in 2009 because it was such a perfumed vintage given the cooler temperatures. The lacy, elegant Chimera possesses a fragrant bouquet of spring flowers intermixed with red and blue fruits

Capiaux 'Widdoes Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2009
93  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 93 "Another beauty, the 2009 Pinot Noir Widdoes Vineyard includes about 10% stems and was aged in 40% new French oak. It exhibits beautiful sweet strawberry, red and black currant fruit as well as notions of earth, underbrush and subtle oak. Round, generous, full-bodied, luscious and