2015 Claiborne & Churchill "Estate" Edna Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1299980 Connoisseurs Guide

 Starting with an aromatic note of strawberry-like freshness and then gradually filling out with elements of cherries, minerals, toast and a wispy touch of dried flowers combining for a very positive Pinot Noir presentation, this nicely composed effort is at once rich and fairly pert on the palate with continuous flavors that very much follow the lead of the nose. It stiffens and cramps a bit in the late going, but its indiscretions can be wholly blamed on its youth, and it fully deserves to be cellared until it reaches its fifth birthday. *One Star*  (6/2017)

K&L Notes

Winery 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."

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and RhĂ´ne varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.7