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Claiborne & Churchill Central Coast Pinot Gris 2014

From the winemaker:

The 2014 vintage of our Pinot Gris continues the great run we’ve had with this grape. Downright
succulent and mouth-watering, it combines a rich, creamy texture with a contrasting backbone of
bracing acidity. A warm glow of baking spices and a hint of savory stone fruits lead to a long and
Remarkably, when we began making white wines in the Alsatian tradition some 30 years ago, Pinot
Gris (or Pinot Grigio) was unheard of in California, and virtually no grapes were available. Not until
our 16th year were we able to get our hands on enough good Pinot Gris fruit to add this wine to
our portfolio of“alternative whites.” Pinot Gris is one of the four “noble” grapes of Alsace, and at Claiborne & Churchill we make our Pinot Gris in a rich and silky style that emulates the wines of that region. We like our Pinot Gris to have good body and structure as well as fruit and spice. We whole-cluster press our Pinot Gris and barrel-ferment it (in well seasoned, neutral Frenchoak) in order to promote depth and mouth-feel.


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