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2009 Capiaux Cellars Pinot Noir Chimera Sonoma County
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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

(aged in 350-liter barrels, 10% of which were new):  Dark red.  Aromas of black raspberry, chocolate, coffee, menthol and mint.  Creamy flavors of dark raspberry and strawberry co-exist uneasily with a slightly tart herbal element.  Good fruit-driven wine that suggests components with a wide range of ripeness.  Capiaux has expanded production of this cuvee:  it now accounts for about 1,200 out of a total of 2,500 cases.

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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