Claiborne and Churchill Pinot Noir 2002

Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California

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Winemaker's Notes

"What a lovely wine. It showcases the success that Edna Valley enjoyed this vintage. Rich, oaky forest floor, mushroom, hard spice and tomato notes, also red stone fruits star in the complex flavors. Fairly tannic and bone dry, with great balance, this is a wine that will benefit from mid-term aging or decanting."
-Wine Enthusiast

The Edna Valley AVA, where our winery is located, is emerging as one of the most exciting regions in California for Pinot Noir. The cool breezes from the nearby ocean moderate the climate, allowing for a long growing season, with full flavor development without sacrificing structure, color, and acidity.

We like to think of this wine as a cross-section of the Edna Valley appellation, utilizing fruit from eight distinct blocks of three quality vineyards, all within a mile or two of our winery. Few wines reflect their origins as clearly as Pinot Noir; every nuance of the growing season, as well as cultural practices, soils, site, and winemaking leave indelible impressions on the finished wine. Our 2002 exemplifies the unique character of the Edna Valley; brimming with ripe cherry, currant, and berry flavors. Judicious use of new French and Hungarian oak barrels contribute a hint of smoke and toastiness. Deep color, solid structure, and bright acidity are all hallmarks of fruit grown under the influence of coastal fog and ocean breezes, and these attributes shine through clearly in a wine that is rich, stylish, and well-suited for use at the table. Pinot Noir is the most elegant and food friendly of red wines, with the acidity to stand up well to almost any food, and without heavy tannins that can overpower more delicate cuisine. Pair with game, foie-gras, wildgathered mushrooms, and aromatic cheeses.

Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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