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Capiaux Cellars

California Wine, Santa Lucia Highlands

About Capiaux Cellars

Capiaux Cellars is dedicated to producing single-vineyard bottlings of Pinot Noir, blending traditional Burgundian techniques with a modern flair of knowledge. The philosophy is to produce wines that express the unique terroir from which they came and to have the inherent flavors of the grape and land be the leading attributes rather than new oak, unnatural additives, and influences. When the grapes arrive at the winery they are sorted by hand to remove everything but sound ripe clusters. They are then destemmed and transferred into custom stainless steel tanks. Depending on the vintage and/or the vineyard, stems, whole clusters, or saignée may be employed.

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.

The key to wine quality is superior grapes; therefore Capiaux Cellars only produces wines from judiciously selected vineyards.

Widdoes Vineyard

(1.86 acres contracted)

The Dutton Ranch’s Widdoes vineyard is located between the towns of Graton and Occidental in the Russian River Valley appellation. The cool temperate growing conditions allow the grapes from this 18 year-old, vertical trained, dry farmed vineyard to ripen slowly and evenly. At this vineyard the Beringer clone Pinot Noir is planted which consistently produces a wine of finesse and balance.

Freestone Hill Vineyard

(1.9 acres contracted)

This vineyard is in an exciting new viticultural area located on the outskirts of the Russian River appellation bordering on the Sonoma Coast appellation in the town of Freestone. Many of the high-end Pinot Noir producers have planted impressive Pinot Noir vineyards in this cool coastal area. French clone 115 on low vigor rootstock, 101-14, is planted in this vineyard and is a proven producer of high quality Pinot Noir. This is a Dutton Ranch vineyard unique cool climate wine.

Garys’ Vineyard

(1.45 acres contracted)

Following in the success of its parent vineyard, Pisoni, located just eight miles North in the Santa Lucia Highlands this vineyard is a partnership between Gary Pisoni, of Pisoni Vineyard, and Gary Franscioni. The bud wood for Garys' vineyard came from the Pisoni vineyard, which came from the famous "La Tache" vineyard in Burgundy. This is a younger vineyard that continues to improve with age.

Pisoni Vineyard

(1.14 acres contracted; camper section own rooted)

An instant success, this vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands just south of Salinas is producing some amazing wines from an array of top Pinot Noir producers. The bud wood for the Pisoni vineyard came from the famous "La Tache" vineyard in Burgundy. This vineyard is coming into its prime with age and is producing dark expansive wines with firm structure meant for aging.

Wilson Vineyard

(2.0 acres contracted)

Wilson vineyard is located the most Northern part of the Sonoma Coast appellation in the town of Annapolis. The entire vineyard is only 2 acres, planted at 700 feet above Sea level and only 3 miles from the coast Pinot Noir thrives in this cool coastal area. The newer French clone 777 on rootstock, 3309, is planted.