Au Bon Climat

Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

8.9790 ratings
8.981 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

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
Meg Herring

Really into this. Raspberries and just enough earthiness to remind you it is Pinot. Very juicy and smooth.

Really into this. Raspberries and just enough earthiness to remind you it is Pinot. Very juicy and smooth.

Aug 22nd, 2018
Jonathan Wall

Delicate, but with focused Pinot character on the palette. Perfect with salmon on a plank with rosemary. Great QPR.

Delicate, but with focused Pinot character on the palette. Perfect with salmon on a plank with rosemary. Great QPR.

Jun 4th, 2018
Corey Zamora, CSW

Burgundy soul from Cali. Jim Clendenen is a bad ass.

Burgundy soul from Cali. Jim Clendenen is a bad ass.

Apr 26th, 2018
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Fresh red fruit forward. Not my style but solid.

Fresh red fruit forward. Not my style but solid.

Apr 23rd, 2018
Erik Helms

Sommelier/Wine & Beer Buyer Whole Foods Oakland

9.0

Nice Burgundian style Pinot with crushed rose petals, raspberries, and forest floor. Clean, inviting nose and engaged palate. Tasty.

Nice Burgundian style Pinot with crushed rose petals, raspberries, and forest floor. Clean, inviting nose and engaged palate. Tasty.

Oct 21st, 2017
Kyle Groombridge

Man, always classic and always enjoyable. This is one of the most consistent pinots in the country. Jim Clendenen is the man.

Man, always classic and always enjoyable. This is one of the most consistent pinots in the country. Jim Clendenen is the man.

Sep 21st, 2017
Daniel P. Drake

Tonight I am going to one of my favorite Pinot Noir's made by a wonderful Burgundian winemaker Jim Clendenen. His 2012 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir is everything I have come to expect from Jim. On the nose I get strawberries, red raspberries, herbal notes, plum and forest floor. On the palate the beautiful red fruit comes right up front, early strawberries, red raspberries, and a bit of red plum. There is clove, a mild mushroom, good minerality, and medium acidity. This is a well balanced Pinot with a nice length on the palate. I purchased this fine Pinot Noir for $19.99. Well worth it.

Tonight I am going to one of my favorite Pinot Noir's made by a wonderful Burgundian winemaker Jim Clendenen. His 2012 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir is everything I have come to expect from Jim. On the nose I get strawberries, red raspberries, herbal notes, plum and forest floor. On the palate the beautiful red fruit comes right up front, early strawberries, red raspberries, and a bit of red plum. There is clove, a mild mushroom, good minerality, and medium acidity. This is a well balanced Pinot with a nice length on the palate. I purchased this fine Pinot Noir for $19.99. Well worth it.

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