WE93 his regional blend is an utter steal, revealing how Riesling thrives on the Central Coast for just $25. Fresh aromas of honeydew, Key lime pie, honeysuckle, chalky and iron lead into a vibrant, energetic palate of lychee, cherimoya and grapefruit-peel flavors.
Estate Notes: For the 2019 vintage (our 37th!) of this signature wine we sourced fruit from three distinct cool-climate vineyards: our own Claiborne Vineyard and Wolff Vineyards both here in the Edna Valley along with Mesa del Rio Vineyard in Monterey County. As is usually the case, we cold-fermented this Riesling in stainless steel tanks and then aged it for six months before bottling, aiming to preserve the special aromas and fruitiness that is its hallmark. Sure enough, the wine opens with notes of fresh honeysuckle, stone fruit and lemon, and then shows a nice resinous texture and bracing acidity on the long finish.While we consider Dry Riesling appropriate to every month of the year, it is especially welcome in summertime. Enjoy its versatility by serving it with farm fresh salads, cheese and charcuterie platters, or grilled pork chops.
Vineyards: 62% Mesa del Rio Vineyard, Monterey County, 19% Estate Claiborne Vineyard, 19% Wolff Vineyards. 100% Tank Fermented and Aged. 630 cases produced.
Claiborne & Churchill is a small, premium family-owned winery in the Edna Valley of San Luis Obispo, founded in 1983 by Claiborne (Clay) Thompson and Fredericka Churchill Thompson.
With its first crush Claiborne & Churchill announced its special focus, producing 565 cases of Dry Riesling and Dry Gewürztraminer, inspired by the fruity but dry dinner wines of the French province of Alsace. Today Claiborne & Churchill produces about 8,000 cases of wine each year, sourcing grapes from vineyards in the cool maritime valleys of California’s Central Coast and its own small estate vineyards.