2010 Claiborne & Churchill Edna Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1125059 Connoisseurs Guide

 Light-medium volume aromas of pert red cherries mix with hints of dried brush and bark in this nose of this noticeably underfilled wine, and things do not get appreciably more interesting in the mouth where the thin flavors take on a stretched, narrow quality and end with extra pucker.  (6/2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 An easy Pinot Noir, but by no means lacking elegance. It shows the moderate body and crisp, citrusy acidity that usually marks Edna Valley Pinot Noir, with pure, direct flavors of sour-cherry candy, cola, cinnamon and toast.  (8/2013)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "A seductive bouquet of violets in the nose, a wallop of cherries-and-berries on the palate, a nice touch of good wood, and a long and elegant finish. Like all our reds from 2007, it has great color and good body, without being over-the-top dense and dark as some California Pinots can be. All of our Pinot Noir is hand picked and sorted in the vineyard, giving us ideal quality coming into the winery. The grapes are de-stemmed and put into ¾ ton fermentation bins. Select yeasts are used for different lots, which are kept separate until they are blended into the different Pinots we bottle. I knew this was a good bottle of Pinot Noir 3 months after bottling when I opened it up; before I knew it the bottle was gone! It was rich, smooth and very seductive. All fine qualities for Pinot Noir. This Pinot Noir will age nicely over the next 5 years."

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2013 | Send Email
The Pinot Noir referred to as "The Classic", a perfect expression of Pinot Noir varietal correctness. Red cherry, red currant, strawberry, spice with medium plus acidity & medium tannin. So easy to drink, you may just want to get this wine in large quantity for spring and summer entertaining. Grilled salmon or pork tenderloin, anyone? FABULOUS!

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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Alcohol Content (%): 13.8