I met Sean Capiaux at one point quite a while back, when he was living on the East Coast and making wines for Jamesport Vineyards out on Long Island; we ended up at a table together at dinner following the annual Michael Skurnik portfolio tasting, and he struck me as a smart, low-key, appealing person—just the sort of human being you'd like to hand a few tons of Pinot Noir to, if you happened to have a few tons of Pinot Noir sitting around.
In any case, he's since moved to the West Coast, which allows him a lot more time to focus on his own wines, sold under the Capiaux Cellars name (and produced in fairly limited quantities—my suggestion is to go directly to the winery website if you're interested). I recommended one of them in this month's column, the 2005 Chimera, a blend of fruit from a variety of vineyards, but I was equally impressed by the other two wines I tasted. Chimera got the nod for the column because it was more affordable and produced in slightly larger quantities, but any of the three are impressive enough to brighten the day of even the most jaded Pinot-freak. So: