Purchased January 2009: Very good with a nose of violets (was probably drunk at this point in the day)
Opened May 2011: Deep red licorice nose, opens up to something more jammy. The wine softened dramatically when decanted. It had very soft tannins. Slight thistle (woody) and rhubarb in nose. Finished very clean.
Claiborne and Churchill are one of my favorite producers in California. They are best known for their Gewurztraminer and Riesling (which I consistently go back to). All are very reasonably priced and delicious.
I tend to move towards earthy and floral Pinot Noirs. They tend to be more complex than the typical California “fruit bombs”. I had the opportunity to taste the 2007 Runestone on a return trip. Though there were some grassy/floral notes, it was (surprisingly) more fruity (berry) than the 2006.