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2010 Capiaux Cellars Pinot Noir Chimera Sonoma County
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89 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012

(includes a lot of declassified grapes):  Medium red.  Red berries and exotic spices on the nose.  Supple and fruit-driven, with spice and loam notes adding complexity.  Nicely pure pinot with good acidity and cut.  Capiaux uses very little oak for his basic pinot bottling.  He's now big on 350-liter barrels but normally breaks them in on his single-vineyard wines.

89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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