Clendenen Family Vineyards

Clendenen Family Vineyards

Bien Nacido Estate Plantings Petit Verdot 2012

Layered, balanced, and showing great restraint at 13.5% alc. Surprisingly green, like New World, Right Bank Bordeaux. Oak is a bit pushy. — 4 days ago

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Le Bon Climat Chardonnay 2013

Incredible Chardonnay with great balance - nice butter without being too buttery. — 2 months ago

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Stallion Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Took a long time to open up but then, v nice — 6 months ago

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Punta Exclamitiva Santa Maria Valley Nebbiolo 2010

Vibrant acidity, strong vanilla spice, strawberries and cherries. Disappointing lack of structure for a Nebbiolo. — a month ago

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"Bricco Buon Natale" Nebbiolo 2014

This wine was recorked to enjoy 24 hours later. The spoils enjoyed today! Garnet colored wine. Bright acidity start to finish. Bien Nacido and has all that weedy, fig, ash character. Raspberry backbone. Very intricate in the middle with herbs and spice. Sweet yet somewhat tart finish. This is going to probably improve a bit over the next year or two. Has great structure and acidity. — 2 months ago

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Such a unique wine. Nebbiolo from bien Nacido vineyard by Jim Clendenen! Bright and faint red in the glass. Tart rhubarb, rose petal and cherry tobacco aromatics. Herbal, bay leaf and slightly sour. A very nice rendition of Nebbiolo at a solid price by a talented winemaker.

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Reserva Punta Exclamitiva Nebbiolo 1998

1998 vintage drank June 2019. Easily could’ve been warmer vintage Barbaresco if I didn’t know better. Delicious juice!! — 5 months ago

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The Second Coming Le Bon Climat Viognier 2015

This 2015 is just gorgeous — a month ago

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The Pip Santa Maria Valley Nebbiolo 2014

#Nebbiolo is a surprisingly rare grape. Even in its native Piedmont, it accounts for only 8% of vineyard land. There are fewer than 100 hectares planted in the United States. 🕵️‍♂️🍇
Over 80% of prewar Italian immigrants came from Sicily and Southern Italy. Piedmont was the wealthiest and most politically dominant region. But if fortunes were reversed, could Nebbiolo have taken Primitivo/Zinfandel’s place as a grape relatively uncommon on the boot but dominant in California? 🤔🇮🇹🇺🇸
Probably not. The Nebbiolo vine is *not* for beginners. It flowers early and ripens late, making it susceptible to both spring and autumn frosts. It loves the occasional fog bath (some say the name is derived from ‘nebbia’, Italian for fog ☁️☁️☁️) but is prone to the mildew that may result from such humid conditions. Its fussiness would make Pinot Noir blush: it demands southwesterly exposure, a proper gradient, constant sun above, and fog licking at its toes.
Sound anything like California’s Central Coast? 🌅
In the Santa Maria Valley, where the East-West Transverse Range bends back into the North-South Coastal Range, it’s possible. Vineyard selection still requires extreme discretion - an eye like @JimClendenen’s, perhaps.
Jim began the Nebbiolo program at the legendary
#BienNacido vineyard in 1994. Production is small, but if you track down his “The Pip” Nebbiolo, it will only run you about $30. You’ll believe anything is possible when you have real California Nebbiolo of this quality come wafting out of the glass at you! 🙌🙌
🏞.“The Pip” is named after Jim’s old cellar dog Pip, a border collie. So it only seemed right to include one of our own pips! 🐈
— 3 months ago