88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
(14.2% alcohol; Sean Capiaux noted that all of his pinots except for Wilson vineyard were harvested before the rains): Medium red. Fruit-driven aromas of raspberry, cherry, mocha, coffee and smoky oak. Sweet and a bit syrupy, with modest definition and a slightly liqueur-like quality to the red fruit and mocha flavors. Finishes with a slight medicinal green edge. Chimera represents nearly half of Capiaux's total production in 2011.
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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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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