Au Bon Climat

Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

8.9729 ratings
8.968 pro ratings
Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
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
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.

12 people found it helpfulOct 13th, 2014
Kyle Groombridge, TWP

Nose is beautiful with some dark florals, bing cherry, fresh strawberry, and some herbaceousness. Palate is light off the bat with fresh acidity and tart cherry notes.. Over time in the glass it gets rounder and more enjoyable and scents of cardamom, white pepper, and rhubarb emerge.. Needs time and food.

Nose is beautiful with some dark florals, bing cherry, fresh strawberry, and some herbaceousness. Palate is light off the bat with fresh acidity and tart cherry notes.. Over time in the glass it gets rounder and more enjoyable and scents of cardamom, white pepper, and rhubarb emerge.. Needs time and food.

3 people found it helpfulJan 14th, 2015
Napa Valley Wine Academy

A solid #pinotnoir from #santabarbara - balanced, refined, with spice, red fruits, and nice acid.

A solid #pinotnoir from #santabarbara - balanced, refined, with spice, red fruits, and nice acid.

2 people found it helpfulAug 1st, 2015
Eric Hastings

Beverage and Bar Coordinator Jean-Georges NYC

8.6

Maybe not "classic," but I still got it and it's still good

Maybe not "classic," but I still got it and it's still good

2 people found it helpfulSep 1st, 2014
Casey Curbow

Sales Associate Windsor Wine Merchants

8.8

Murky florals. Condensed fruits. Intense herb. Savory pepper. Underlying pyrazine. Primary, unstable structure. Well worth the $19 admission.

Murky florals. Condensed fruits. Intense herb. Savory pepper. Underlying pyrazine. Primary, unstable structure. Well worth the $19 admission.

1 person found it helpfulMar 23rd, 2016
Benny Riccardi

Earthy, spicy, dark nose with cedar and decaying log smells. Mouth surprises a bit for the fresh acidity and then youthful tannin gives a real nice bite to the finish. Real happy for the value

Earthy, spicy, dark nose with cedar and decaying log smells. Mouth surprises a bit for the fresh acidity and then youthful tannin gives a real nice bite to the finish. Real happy for the value

1 person found it helpfulOct 31st, 2014
Scott Rowe

Heavenly, for an entry level Pinot, hitting all the right notes.

Heavenly, for an entry level Pinot, hitting all the right notes.

Nov 6th, 2016
Ben Franco

Owner Winedown cafe & wine bar

8.3

Bright Ruby tart raspberry cherry cola,, the palate has all of this with a front and mid palate but wow does this wine have an amaro type finish, for this reason not a big fan..

Bright Ruby tart raspberry cherry cola,, the palate has all of this with a front and mid palate but wow does this wine have an amaro type finish, for this reason not a big fan..

Sep 24th, 2016
Joel Pennington #❤️🐢🍷

Owner/Winemaker Slow Turtle Vineyard

8.9

Drinks above its price range, beautiful color.

Drinks above its price range, beautiful color.

May 10th, 2016