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2008 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir La Bauge Au-Dessus Santa Maria Valley
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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 La Bauge Au-Dessus Santa Maria Valley

Producer: Au Bon Climat
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Santa Barbara

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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

Bright medium red.  Redcurrant, cherry, Indian spices and underbrush on the pungent nose.  Shows a firm, youthful structure and smoky red fruit flavors, with slow-building spiciness and a hint of bitter herbs.  Then turns sweeter on the spicy finish, which is focused and very persistent.  This taut, red fruit-driven wine benefits a lot from air; give it at least an hour in a decanter or another few years of bottle aging. 

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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