Claiborne & Churchill Vintners

Owner(s) Fredericka Churchill Thompson, Claiborne Thompson
Web site www.claibornechurchill.com
 
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This family owned winery was founded in 1983 by Claiborne (Clay) Thompson and Fredericka Churchill Thompson. Locate in the Edna Valley, this producers has gained notoriety for its Alsatian varietals including Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris, but more recently Pinot Noir has also become a signature wine. The winery, constructed in 1995, is a straw bale building, the first of its kind in California. The winemaker is Coby Parker-Garcia.

The winery's Edna Valley Pinot Noir is sourced from Twin Creeks Vineyard and Wolff Vineyards. A very solid wine that is value priced. Available on the website.

Reviewed Wines

2007 Clairborne & Churchill Edna Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $20. From a family winery established in 1983, specializing in Pinot Noir, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. · Moderately intense garnet color. Darker fruits are featured on the nose along with notes of cherry cola, picking up more oak and funkiness with time in the glass. Tasty fruit but oak permeates this wine and takes away from the experience for me. Otherwise it is fine, with good acidity and a tangy persistence of citrus peel on the back end. Decent. Reviewed August 24, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Claiborne & Churchill Twin Creeks Edna Valley Pinot Noir

172 cases, $40, sold out. A family owned winery founded in 1983 by Claiborne (Clay) Thompson and Fredericka Churchill Thompson and located in the Edna Valley of California. This producer has gained renown for its Alsatian wine varieties including Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris but Pinot Noir has also become a signature wine. Look for the 2007 edition of this wine which is sold through the Wine Club, Tasting Room and by phone order (805-544-4066). I also sampled the 2007 Edna Valley Pinot Noir ($26) and it is a killer as well. The winemaker is Coby Parker-Garcia. · Lighter in color and body, this elegant wine has appealing aromas and flavors of red cherries, vanilla and spice. Nothing out of place and no rough edges. Pinotypical. Reviewed April 18, 2009 ARTICLE »