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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2009 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
91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011
Bright red. Floral-accented aromas and flavors of fresh red berries and anise, picking up a sexy hint of vanilla with air. Juicy and precise on the palate, with very good depth of flavor but no excess fat. Closes on a note of candied rose, with lingering sweetness and excellent clarity. This wine is delicious now but is balanced to age.
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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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