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Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Noir 2015

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750ML / 13.7% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The Edna Valley growing region offers an incredible opportunity to produce a variety of Pinot Noir bottlings, based on the vineyard, clone soil, and barrel selections. Each of these factors influences flavor, intensity, and aroma. The 2015 Classic Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from Claiborne & Churchill's estate vineyards that shows off Pinot Noir's signature characteristics. In the glass, it boasts a lovely ruby color. An abundance of fresh-picked berry aromas, tart cherry and forest floor flavors lead the way to accents of allspice, cranberry, and green tea, followed by a long, lean finish. Due to its delicate nature and mouth-watering acidity, we find this wine does an incredible job of fulfilling its mission as a dinner wine.

Pair with Margherita pizza, cioppino or wild mushroom risotto.

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COMMENTARY: My notes on the Claiborne & Churchill wines have always revolved around their white wines, but the 2015 Estate Pinot Noir is now bringing me into taking a closer look at their reds. TASTING NOTES: This wine a bright and accurate with excellent red and black fruit aromas and flavors. Its bright cranberry and strawberry notes, with just an accent of darker fruits, makes it a beautiful choice with lightly grilled salmon fillets. (Tasted: May 21, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
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Claiborne & Churchill, California
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Claiborne & Churchill is a small, family-owned winery founded in 1983 by Claiborne (Clay) Thompson and Fredericka Churchill. Former teachers at the University of Michigan (Clay specialized in Old Norse Languages and Literatures and Fredericka taught German), the couple left the "Groves of Academe" for the vineyards of California in 1981 in order to start a new life in the wine industry. Clay began as a "cellar rat" in a local winery, learning the business from the ground up (actually underground), and soon the two were encouraged to start their own wine production in that host facility.

In 1995 Clay and Fredericka completed construction on their new and permanent winery building. This structure, a noteworthy example of environmental architecture, is a "straw bale building," the first of its kind in California. With sixteen-inch thick walls made of bales of rice straw, the winery is so well insulated that it maintains a constant cellar temperature, without the need for mechanical cooling or heating.

At Claiborne & Churchill traditional European winemaking techniques prevail, including extensive use of barrel-fermentation and barrel-aging (even with Riesling and Gewürztraminer), minimal manipulation of juice and wine, "natural" or spontaneous fermentation using indigenous yeast, and limited use of SO2, all in the belief that the winemaker's task is to bring out the flavor and character that is latent in the grape. Our aim is to create pleasurable dinner wines in which there is a harmonious balance of fruit and oak, structure and texture.

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California’s coolest wine growing area, Edna Valley excels in the production of high quality Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Rhône Blends and aromatic white wines. It has a cool Mediterranean climate and an incredibly long growing season, giving late-ripening varieties plenty of opportunity to develop great phenolic complexity.

Its northwest to southeast orientation creates a direct path for cool Pacific air and fog to penetrate the valley from the Los Osos and Morro Bay area inwards. Low hillsides of both calcareous and volcanic soils are home to much of the vineyard acreage of the Edna Valley.

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