2013 Bella Luna Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Bella Luna Vineyard
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
Today’s Churchill Cellars 2013 Bella Luna Pinot Noir is one of the best Pinots we’ve seen from this boutique Russian River Valley producer, and we’ve seen plenty from Churchill, who we’ve been featuring since back in 2008.
Today’s wine is elegant, delicious and very food friendly.
Pinot-perfect aromas glide out of the glass to greet you on the nose! Wild strawberry, cherry, cola, gunpowder, bramble, summer forest, and cherry bark with subtle hints of red licorice, sweet cedar and savory herb.
The silky entry delivers a rush of bright flavors onto the palate, with Bing cherry, Alpine strawberry, cranberry, cherry cola, summer forest floor, cedar, sweet spice, black cherry and dried blackberry.
This wine hails from the winery’s 1acre estate Bella Luna Vineyard, in the heart of the Russian River Valley. This vineyard neighbors DeLoach, Pellegrini and Hook & Ladder - to name a few.
Bella Luna benefits from the Pacific Ocean’s cooling coastal influence and from the regions sandy loam soil composition. The Dijon clone selections of 115, 459, 667, and 777 all work together to produce the pure fruit forward taste that the Russian River Valley is famous for.
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94 points - North Coast Wine Challenge - “Softly layered in medium-sized waves of earth, rose and strawberry, this is a delightful wine with enough stuffing through the mid-palate to enjoy on its own or with a meal.”
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast - “A big presence of oak and tannin appear first before characteristics of forest floor and an herbal back note accent mushy plum. Sizzling acidity is a surprise, given the wine’s otherwise weighty sense of being.”
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Translucent, deep, sanguine hues, with stunning clarity throughout. After swirling this pretty Pinot, tall, ropey legs start high up on the glass wall. They begin high on the glass, becoming pencil-thin as they meander slowly downward.
Wild strawberry, cherry, cola, gunpowder, bramble, summer forest, and cherry bark with subtle hints of red licorice, sweet cedar and savory herb.
Bing cherry, Alpine strawberry, cranberry, cherry cola, summer forest floor, cedar, sweet spice, black cherry and dried blackberry.
After a lightweight, speedy entry onto the palate, medium tannins take hold, adding a lovely grippiness at the mid-palate. A plush, crushed velvet feeling settles onto the tongue, driving a gradually spreading dryness out to the edges.
Enjoy this bright and lively Pinot with fish, fowl or pork. How about pork shanks with your favorite glaze? Cherry glaze, anyone?
What the Winery Says
- Anthony Austin
- Pinot Noir
- Sonoma County, Russian River Valley