About Au Bon Climat
Since it was founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat has been a well respected producer of Burgundian-styled California wines. Jim Clendenen's Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are mineral, focused and restrained in the early going, and sometimes quite oaky.
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2008 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara Historic Vineyards Collection Los Alamos Vineyard Santa Barbara County
Producer: Au Bon Climat
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Santa Barbara
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2010
($35) Light, bright red. Very fragrant, displaying scents of red fruit, rose and baking spices, with a hint of white pepper. Lithe and precise strawberry and raspberry flavors show a suave blend of sweetness and energy, with zesty acidity adding lift. Finishes on a nervy blood orange note and with very good persistence. No fat on these bones.
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Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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