2016 Claiborne & Churchill "Estate" Edna Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $30)

SKU #1419799 91 points Vinous

 (30% new French oak) Bright red. Raspberry, cherry and a hint of pungent flowers on the expansive nose. Seamless and round in the mouth, showing very good depth to the sweet red fruit preserve and spicecake flavors. The red fruit note returns on the long, supple finish, framed by smoothly integrated tannins. (JR)  (1/2019)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Dark cherry, turned earth and hibiscus meet with cedar and pine-wood spice on the nose of this bottling. It's more delicate on the palate, where earthy herbs meet with bright raspberry fruit flavors, framed by solid acid and a lighter mouthfeel. (MK)  (11/2018)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Finding a comfortable place on the well-defined varietal path with a good dose of juicy, ripe cherry fruit showing at every stop, this attractive young Pinot is both moderately rich and lifted by integral acidity in a well-composed, medium-full-bodied mix. Albeit entirely approachable now, it is a fairly lively young wine whose buoyancy and brightness mark it as one that should take well to a few years of cellaring, and those who choose to wait should expect added polish and a little more complexity as a reward. *One Star*  (2/2019)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Looking back on 2016, we’re quickly reminded of the year’s ideal growing conditions whenever we open a bottle of this Classic Pinot Noir. Warm afternoons and cool nights played a big part in providing us with balanced, ripe fruit grown on our Estate Twin Creeks Vineyards. At harvest, we crushed and destemmed the Pinot Noir before cold-soaking it in fermenting bins. This allowed us to extract more color before fermentation starts. As the wine fermented, we performed three punch-downs a day then racked the free run wine into barrel. After 10 months in 25% new French Oak barrel aging, this Classic Pinot Noir delivers a beautiful bouquet of violets, sweet oak, red fruit and a hint of cola. On the palate, there are notes of cherries, rose hips, and allspice. Our Pinot Noir finishes wonderfully balanced, pairing well with a wide variety of foods: salmon, duck, ham, and filet mignon."


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