Au Bon Climat

"Isabelle" California Pinot Noir

9.2253 ratings
9.254 pro ratings
California, USA
Pinot Noir
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9.3

The 2018 Pinot Noir Isabelle is a powerful, deep wine with equally big tannins that need time to soften. There's terrific density here just waiting to emerge. Copious red fruit, leather, cedar, tobacco and dried herbs occasionally come forward. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2018 for at least a few years. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2021)

The 2018 Pinot Noir Isabelle is a powerful, deep wine with equally big tannins that need time to soften. There's terrific density here just waiting to emerge. Copious red fruit, leather, cedar, tobacco and dried herbs occasionally come forward. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2018 for at least a few years. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2021)

Oct 28th, 2021
Sipping Fine Wine

Part of their "Blue Series," Isabelle, named after the birth of Jim’s daughter in 1995, was first top end Pinot Noir that was a blend from different locations, 6 in 2015. Ruby, Aromas of berry fruits with citrus, herbs & floral notes, aged for 2 years in new French Oak. On the palate layers of gentle ripe fruit flavors of raspberry and cherry with citrus and oak wrapped in gentle spice. Wine has great depth, soft tannins, well integrated, savory, long ending with a nice mouthfeel. Very Nice! Last bottle!

Part of their "Blue Series," Isabelle, named after the birth of Jim’s daughter in 1995, was first top end Pinot Noir that was a blend from different locations, 6 in 2015. Ruby, Aromas of berry fruits with citrus, herbs & floral notes, aged for 2 years in new French Oak. On the palate layers of gentle ripe fruit flavors of raspberry and cherry with citrus and oak wrapped in gentle spice. Wine has great depth, soft tannins, well integrated, savory, long ending with a nice mouthfeel. Very Nice! Last bottle!

May 28th, 2020
Nate Axline

Not sure if it was just me, but smelled mostly of new oak, which I don't care for. But showing very well overall.

Not sure if it was just me, but smelled mostly of new oak, which I don't care for. But showing very well overall.

May 6th, 2020
David L


Au Bon Climat 2014 Isabelle Pinot Noir
This is best-barrel bottling by Jim Clendenen, named after his daughter.
Medium body. Ripe cherry, very ripe raspberry, black licorice, sweet spices. Mouth-cleansing acidity. Drinking for another 5 + years. Drinking like it’s a premier league PN😉


Au Bon Climat 2014 Isabelle Pinot Noir
This is best-barrel bottling by Jim Clendenen, named after his daughter.
Medium body. Ripe cherry, very ripe raspberry, black licorice, sweet spices. Mouth-cleansing acidity. Drinking for another 5 + years. Drinking like it’s a premier league PN😉

Jan 17th, 2020
Michael Chelus

Cherry, cranberry, rhubarb, raspberry, mossy earth and oak. Light-bodied and moderate tannins.

Cherry, cranberry, rhubarb, raspberry, mossy earth and oak. Light-bodied and moderate tannins.

Oct 17th, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

Part of their "Blue Series," Isabelle, named after the birth of Jim’s daughter in 1995, was first top end Pinot Noir that was a blend from different locations, 6 in 2015. Aromas of berry fruits with citrus, herbs & floral notes, aged for 2 years in new French Oak. On the palate layers of gentle ripe fruit flavors of raspberry and cherry with citrus and oak wrapped in gentle spice. Wine has great depth, soft tannins, well integrated, savory, lingering ending with a nice mouthfeel. Very Nice! Tasting Sample!

Part of their "Blue Series," Isabelle, named after the birth of Jim’s daughter in 1995, was first top end Pinot Noir that was a blend from different locations, 6 in 2015. Aromas of berry fruits with citrus, herbs & floral notes, aged for 2 years in new French Oak. On the palate layers of gentle ripe fruit flavors of raspberry and cherry with citrus and oak wrapped in gentle spice. Wine has great depth, soft tannins, well integrated, savory, lingering ending with a nice mouthfeel. Very Nice! Tasting Sample!

Apr 6th, 2019
Elizabeth Rice

The double thick glass would make a good weapon. Unfortunately this wine needs at least another 5 years until it starts to show its true self.

The double thick glass would make a good weapon. Unfortunately this wine needs at least another 5 years until it starts to show its true self.

Mar 10th, 2019
Lauren Vance

Buyer Whole Foods Market Oakland

9.3

Subtle and soft on opening, nose is relaxed and inviting. Ripe red fruits, raw white mushroom, herbs, wet soil, and beef blood. Palate puts up no fight, smooth and elegant, beautiful well rounded Pinot.

Subtle and soft on opening, nose is relaxed and inviting. Ripe red fruits, raw white mushroom, herbs, wet soil, and beef blood. Palate puts up no fight, smooth and elegant, beautiful well rounded Pinot.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 4th, 2017
Larissa Bailon Favela

A great Pinot - wonderful nose, delicious all the way down. A winner!

A great Pinot - wonderful nose, delicious all the way down. A winner!

1 person found it helpfulJan 14th, 2019
Robin Schwartz

Light in color. Elegant with cherry notes. Super smooth on the palate. A great bottle of wine. Glad I have more to taste in years to come.

Light in color. Elegant with cherry notes. Super smooth on the palate. A great bottle of wine. Glad I have more to taste in years to come.

1 person found it helpfulMar 6th, 2015