Pinot Noir 'Garys Vineyard', Capiaux
Garys’ Vineyard is a highly acclaimed and storied site owned by two Garys. It was planted in the mid ’90’s to Pisoni clones in Santa Lucia Highlands sandy loam soil. With my first vintage of Garys’ in 1999, I could sense its old-world beginnings and knew this vineyard could rival some of the great Burgundy “grand cru” sites.
Dark appearance with a youthful purple hue and solid core set the stage for this years Garys’ Pinot Noir. Striking aromas of currant, cherry liquer and earth jump from the glass. Flavors of blackberry, smoked meats and espresso meld into a creamy finish. Nicely balanced acids and tannins from this vineyard consistently make this a wine of great nuance and finesse.
Visually, a medium dark color with a delicate purple hue set the stage for this years Garys’ Pinot Noir. Subtle earthy aromas of sandalwood and incense lead into cola, cherry, white pepper and orange rind flavors. Hint of warm Thanksgiving Day spices with a broad, long finish. Nuance is the name of the game with Garys’ Vineyard this year.
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Press & Reviews
The 2016 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard is one of the more open, giving wines in this range. Super ripe red cherry and plum fruit are pushed forward. Sweet floral and citrus overtones develop in the glass, adding attractive aromatic top notes, but this is a decidedly overt, racy style that can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring.