Wine Review: Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Noir 2007

Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Noir 2007

Background

Claiborne & Churchill is a small winery in the Edna Valley of California’s Central Coast, a stone’s throw from Pismo Beach. We stumbled across this place after the recommendation from pretty much every other winery in the area:

“If you like whites, you need to visit Claiborne & Churchill.”

C & C is known for its Alsatian varietals, particularly Dry Riesling, Dry Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat dessert wines. Their book of red varietals is also stellar and should not be missed. We highly recommend you visit them if you are ever in the Central California area, and be sure to ask about their “straw-bale house,” which houses some of their casks. It’s a house made completely of straw that has no heat or air conditioning; rather, it maintains the perfect temperature for storing wine at all times.

Color

Beautiful, clarified, red. Nothing too inky. Light, but with the expected juiciness.

Nose

Brilliant pepper, sour cherry, broccoli and dirt. Fantastic and complex, but with balance. Nothing outweighs another.

Taste

Well-crafted and absolutely delicious. This wine is not challenging but also not easy. It has complex flavors that pretty much match the nose, but with more dark fruit. Very well balanced with great, subtle fruit, good tannins that come on slow and linger. Great balance of heat as well, without overdoing it. Amazing, amazing Pinot that showcases the brilliant climate of California’s Central Coast.

With Food

Lamb, steak, pork, maybe even chicken, so long as your meat is either smoked or served with a form of black pepper. Spice-rubbed pork loin or filet mignon seems perfect.

$18.95 at NapaCabs.com!

Of course, we recommend you also head to the Claiborne & Churchill winery in Edna Valley, CA to see things firsthand.

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  1. […] All the wines except for the Champagne come from a producer in the Edna Valley of California that we have reviewed only once so far. They are called Claiborne & Churchill, and we highly recommend you visit their winery […]

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