Clendenen Family Vineyards

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Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2016

After Jim Clendenen graduated with a pre-law degree in ’76, he was assistant winemaker at Zaca Mesa Winery for the 1978 harvest, and in 1981 he pulled a “triathlon” and handled three harvests in one year as Jim worked crush and directed the harvest at wineries in Australia and France. Small crop, early ripening with concentrated fruit, aromas of tropical fruits and toasty notes. On the palate fresh pineapple and pear with oak tones, a bit creamy, almost buttery, a bit overdone, but still a good value. Medium finish with a round mouthfeel and bits of mineral on the ending. Tasting Sample. — 6 days ago

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The Pip Young Vines Le Bon Climat Chardonnay 2015

Pip was a border collie at the winery and an entire line-up of wines was named after her. Important attributes of “Pip” wines are a shorter barrel age with less new wood using fruit from younger vines. These wines are drinkable upon release. Medium straw color, delicate aromas of stone and tropical fruits. On the palate subtle fruit flavors of apple and pear, with a mineral character. Medium finish enjoyable, good value! Tasting Sample! @delectable — 2 months ago

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Punta Exclamitiva Santa Maria Valley Nebbiolo 2008

Aromatics: orange peel, rose, spices and cherries. Wonderful and powerful Nebbiolo with a great finish. Tannins are well integrated. Saved half of the bottle for the next day (18 - 20 hrs later). Its amazing to see how the wine has improved and changed: on the nose more complex but still fresh! — 15 days ago

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Le Bon Climat Chardonnay 2014

Thanks once again, Jim — a month ago

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Consistent, year after year.

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Le Bon Climat Viognier 2016

Apricot, stone fruit, smooth, great with spicy Thai food. Woman at wine store on E 87th & 1st recommended it to me — 2 months ago

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La Cagoule Pinot Noir 1992

Fifth and last bottle of the 1992 over the past seven years, and all have shown well. Red fruits, spice, earth and still relatively fresh. Thought this wine fit the loose theme of Scythian/Nomadic wines since it was an Oregon Pinot made by a Santa Barbara winemaker (Jim Clendenen). Had the privilege of pouring this for @Rajat Parr at the event, not knowing that Jim was his winemaking mentor. A fun, entertaining and educational evening last week! — 2 months ago

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Well done.

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"Bricco Buon Natale" Nebbiolo 2013

Tasted blind and called langhe. A good expression of Nebbiolo from a great producer. — 18 days ago

Au Bon Climat

Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir Westall Vineyard 2015

Operated by Jim Clendenen who started winery in 1982. Runway’s first vintage was 2013 & 2015 is great. Limited production from this small vineyard. Aromas of ripe sweet fruit & floral scents, aged in French oak for about 20 months (winery folks indicated only a small amount of new oak was used). On the palate intense fruit flavors of cherry & strawberry, complex subtle spice, well balanced with acidity, great mouthfeel. Fine soft tannins lingering ending. Very nice, less than 250 cases made. Tasting Sample! — a month ago

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"The Pip" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Rose petals, pretty pretty wine, black pepper, good length and acidity. Ugh clendenen is so good. — 2 months ago