Au Bon Climat

Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

8.9867 ratings
8.994 pro ratings
Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Daniel P. Drake

Last night I opened the 2017 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County, California. It has been a little bit since I have had an Au Bon Climat from Jim Clendenen. Jim's work is always spot on and well worth what you pay.

On the nose there is cranberry, strawberry, cherry, anise, clove, spice and a nice earthiness.

On the palate there is cranberry, strawberry, cherry, caramel, herbal notes, red currant, light oak and that nice earthiness.

This wine is light to medium bodied with medium to medium + acidity and medium fine tannins that lead into a medium to medium long fresh fruit finish. Continued health to everyone. Please be safe and continue social distancing. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Last night I opened the 2017 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County, California. It has been a little bit since I have had an Au Bon Climat from Jim Clendenen. Jim's work is always spot on and well worth what you pay.

On the nose there is cranberry, strawberry, cherry, anise, clove, spice and a nice earthiness.

On the palate there is cranberry, strawberry, cherry, caramel, herbal notes, red currant, light oak and that nice earthiness.

This wine is light to medium bodied with medium to medium + acidity and medium fine tannins that lead into a medium to medium long fresh fruit finish. Continued health to everyone. Please be safe and continue social distancing. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Jun 20th, 2020
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

9.0

One of the best value wines.

One of the best value wines.

Mar 20th, 2020
Jonathan Wall

Pure, clean, bright acidity, and a touch of earthy cola. Every year this is a great buy. Nailed it on salmon night.

Pure, clean, bright acidity, and a touch of earthy cola. Every year this is a great buy. Nailed it on salmon night.

Feb 23rd, 2020
Gregory Fulchiero

Super impressed with this wine. This is well priced and well made Pinot. The crunchy acidity and bright red fruit and partial whole cluster (assuming) jumps out of the glass. This is a joy to drink.

Super impressed with this wine. This is well priced and well made Pinot. The crunchy acidity and bright red fruit and partial whole cluster (assuming) jumps out of the glass. This is a joy to drink.

Jul 11th, 2019
Hayden B. Oothout

I thought this would be an exceptional Pinot noir but I am disappointed in it. Bright fruit with heavy acidity. Very light which isn’t a bad thing but this wine is lacking. Willing to try other Au Bon Climat wines, but this one isn’t worth it.

I thought this would be an exceptional Pinot noir but I am disappointed in it. Bright fruit with heavy acidity. Very light which isn’t a bad thing but this wine is lacking. Willing to try other Au Bon Climat wines, but this one isn’t worth it.

Apr 15th, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

Runway’s first vintage was 2013 and the 2015 is great. Limited production from this small vineyard. Aromas of ripe sweet fruit and floral scents burst from the glass, aged in French oak for about 18-20 months (winery folks indicated only a small amount of new oak was used). On the palate intense fruit flavors of cherry and strawberry, complex subtle spice, well balanced with acidity, great mouthfeel. Fine soft tannins lingering ending. Very nice, less than 250 cases produced. Tasting Sample!

Runway’s first vintage was 2013 and the 2015 is great. Limited production from this small vineyard. Aromas of ripe sweet fruit and floral scents burst from the glass, aged in French oak for about 18-20 months (winery folks indicated only a small amount of new oak was used). On the palate intense fruit flavors of cherry and strawberry, complex subtle spice, well balanced with acidity, great mouthfeel. Fine soft tannins lingering ending. Very nice, less than 250 cases produced. Tasting Sample!

Mar 26th, 2019
John Willison

Pure red fruit. Raspberry, tart cherry, rose petals.

Pure red fruit. Raspberry, tart cherry, rose petals.

Nov 19th, 2018
Daniel P. Drake

Well the holiday weekend is coming to a close and I hope everyone has enjoyed their time off. Tonight's wine I have opened the 2016 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. A blend of many different vineyards throughout the Santa Barbara County Au Bon Climat never ceases to blend a wonderful pinot noir.

The nose expresses aromas of strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, cherry, eucalyptus, vanilla, clove, caramel, and rose petals.

On the palate the red fruit is very prevalent with notes of strawberry, cranberry, cherry, spice, some nice minerality and earthy components.

The wine is a balanced medium to full bodied with a good racy medium + acidity almost high acidity and medium smooth tannins that move right into a fresh clean long finish. Another beautiful pinot noir from Jim Clendenon that doesn't miss. I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend and look forward to a shortened work week. Have a great week and keep yourself safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Well the holiday weekend is coming to a close and I hope everyone has enjoyed their time off. Tonight's wine I have opened the 2016 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. A blend of many different vineyards throughout the Santa Barbara County Au Bon Climat never ceases to blend a wonderful pinot noir.

The nose expresses aromas of strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, cherry, eucalyptus, vanilla, clove, caramel, and rose petals.

On the palate the red fruit is very prevalent with notes of strawberry, cranberry, cherry, spice, some nice minerality and earthy components.

The wine is a balanced medium to full bodied with a good racy medium + acidity almost high acidity and medium smooth tannins that move right into a fresh clean long finish. Another beautiful pinot noir from Jim Clendenon that doesn't miss. I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend and look forward to a shortened work week. Have a great week and keep yourself safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Sep 3rd, 2018
Rob B
9.0

Raspberries come to mind.

Raspberries come to mind.

Aug 27th, 2018
Rob B
8.9

Jim Clendenen & Emeril Lagasse dinner through the Triangle Wine Experience

Jim Clendenen & Emeril Lagasse dinner through the Triangle Wine Experience

Aug 27th, 2018