This Pinot Noir from Claypool Cellars is eloquent and unique, with a nice dash of earthiness and funkiness, and keeps you coming back for sip after sip. A true terroir-driven wine, with great balance and acidity - hallmarks of the CC Pinots - this wine inspired me to make a red wine and mushroom cream sauce with fresh morel and cremini mushrooms. Another great example of single vineyard Pinot Noir excellence coming out of Sonoma County.
"As I tiptoe through the entertainment industry, dabbling in mediums beyond the microphone and my four-stringed piece of electric furniture, I once again find myself venturing into a new foray. What started as an attempt to fill our own personal wine cache has turned into a “boutique” wine venture which I’m sure will eventually cause friction between me and my two good friends/partners, as all businesses tend to do. Having lived in West Sonoma County for over 17 years, I’ve watched what was once the Gravenstein apple haven of Northern California turn into a Mecca for those wine geeks who seek out optimum quality Pinot Noir. The region is known as the Russian River Valley, and the fruit that comes from this area is arguably some of the best on the planet." - Les Claypool
Claypool Cellars is the creation and vision of legendary musician and artist Les Claypool (of Primus fame) and his wife Chaney. Don't let this celebrity-turned-vintner story fool you though, because unlike other versions of this story, Les and Chaney take this endeavor very seriously and the wines are truly stunning. They have enlisted the rock star winemaking team of Ross Cobb (Flowers, Cobb) and Katy Wilson (Flowers, LaRue) and source fruit from some of the best vineyards in Sonoma County to make some very serious Pinot Noirs for true connoisseurs of the variety.More from this winery
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