Claiborne and Churchill Runestone Pinot Noir 2018 Red Wine

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Claiborne and Churchill Runestone Pinot Noir 2018

Edna Valley, CA

94 pts. and Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast:

"This barrel-selection bottling is named as an ode to the founder's former career as professor of Norse studies. It takes a bit of time to open, but then doesn't relent in complexity. Ripe yet crisp aromas of black-raspberry cream, black cherry and toast lead into a grippy palate loaded with sagebrush, black plum and earthy herb flavors that just grow more intriguing with time. Drink through 2030."— Matt Kettmann

We had the pleasure of visiting Claiborne & Churchill and meeting the family recently. What warm, friendly people! Truly a family-run winery, they’re very enthusiastic about their winemaking. Since 1983 they have been making wonderful Edna Valley wines (of course we’re partial to their Pinots). Interestingly, their winery is the first “straw bale” building ever constructed in California. The 16” thick walls are filled with rice straw, which is a perfect insulator!

The “Runestone” is a delicious, barrel-select Pinot from the Wolff Vineyard, which has a mixture of volcanic and sandy soil – great for growing stellar Pinot Noir! This is one of those small–production gems we love to unearth!


Among the many challenges facing a winemaker every year, one of the most important is tasting through every barrel in our cellar to decide which ones might work best together to deliver each of the distinctive blends we produce. (This process also just happens to be our winemaking team’s favorite part of the job.) The Pinot Noir we call “Runestone” represents a selection of the very best barrels in our cellar, regardless of vineyard designation. This 2018 vintage showcases concentrated notes of crushed raspberry, fresh herbs, and well-integrated oak, together with a firm texture, a rich mouthfeel, and an elegant finish. This is a Pinot you can safely cellar for a good ten years, and let us assure you that it will be worth the effort! A festive wine to serve with beef tenderloin, with duck, short ribs, or with triple cream brie.

HARVESTED September 29, 2018
VINEYARDS 70% Wolff Vineyards, 30% Greengate Ranch & Vineyard, Edna Valley AVA
CLONES 2A, Pommard, and 667
AGING 30% New French Oak, Aged 10 Months in Barrel
BOTTLED August 16, 2019

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