Au Bon Climat

Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

8.9227 ratings
8.924 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

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
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
Max Gottesfeld

Bright fruit nice toast good acidity. A great example of quality pinot under $20.

Bright fruit nice toast good acidity. A great example of quality pinot under $20.

Oct 28th, 2014
Mark Lindzy

So pretty and fresh, high-toned and just so easy to drink.

So pretty and fresh, high-toned and just so easy to drink.

Jul 29th, 2014
S C O T T  S H E L D E N

ABC Pinot Noir with a killer blackened ahi roll. Inside: crab, avocado, cucumber. Outside: blackened big eye tuna, Maui onions, tobiko, spicy mayo.

ABC Pinot Noir with a killer blackened ahi roll. Inside: crab, avocado, cucumber. Outside: blackened big eye tuna, Maui onions, tobiko, spicy mayo.

Jul 23rd, 2014
Lyle Coffield

Sommelier Kokkari, Evvia Estatorios

8.8

Spicy.

Spicy.

Jul 17th, 2014
Darcie Leib

Decomposing log, cooked cherry and strawberry. Very complex. ($21)

Decomposing log, cooked cherry and strawberry. Very complex. ($21)

Jul 3rd, 2014
Drew DiMatteo

Very hard to find a better Pinot for this price.

Very hard to find a better Pinot for this price.

May 30th, 2014
Steve Bachmann

Delicious. Very well balanced. Rich mouth feel. Nice fruit.

Delicious. Very well balanced. Rich mouth feel. Nice fruit.

May 19th, 2014
Mike Madaio

Light, funky, balanced, touch reductive

Light, funky, balanced, touch reductive

Apr 17th, 2014