Au Bon Climat

Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir Westall Vineyard

8.9272 ratings
8.933 pro ratings
Santa Maria Valley, 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
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Operated by Jim Clendenen who started winery in 1982. Runway’s first vintage was 2013 & 2015 is great. Limited production from this small vineyard. Aromas of ripe sweet fruit & floral scents, aged in French oak for about 20 months (winery folks indicated only a small amount of new oak was used). On the palate intense fruit flavors of cherry & strawberry, complex subtle spice, well balanced with acidity, great mouthfeel. Fine soft tannins lingering ending. Very nice, less than 250 cases made. Tasting Sample!

Operated by Jim Clendenen who started winery in 1982. Runway’s first vintage was 2013 & 2015 is great. Limited production from this small vineyard. Aromas of ripe sweet fruit & floral scents, aged in French oak for about 20 months (winery folks indicated only a small amount of new oak was used). On the palate intense fruit flavors of cherry & strawberry, complex subtle spice, well balanced with acidity, great mouthfeel. Fine soft tannins lingering ending. Very nice, less than 250 cases made. Tasting Sample!

Mar 15th, 2019
Rob B
9.0

Jim Clendenen & Emeril Lagasse dinner through the Triangle Wine Experience

Jim Clendenen & Emeril Lagasse dinner through the Triangle Wine Experience

Aug 25th, 2018
Leigh Noir

Light and very clean Burgundian style Pinot noir. Aromas of strawberries and raspberries with an earthy slightly spicy clove anise finish. You can tell the vines had a superb soil and climate. Fruit tastes like it's been kissed by a cool salty breeze. For $20 excellent!

Light and very clean Burgundian style Pinot noir. Aromas of strawberries and raspberries with an earthy slightly spicy clove anise finish. You can tell the vines had a superb soil and climate. Fruit tastes like it's been kissed by a cool salty breeze. For $20 excellent!

3 people found it helpfulApr 1st, 2015
Aliya Carter

I love full bodied, rich, savory reds. This pinot gives me that, but instead is light and fresh at the same time. Delicious.

I love full bodied, rich, savory reds. This pinot gives me that, but instead is light and fresh at the same time. Delicious.

1 person found it helpfulJan 20th, 2016
Lauren Jenks

Must have been good, we drank it all before the wine was identified!

Must have been good, we drank it all before the wine was identified!

1 person found it helpfulJun 19th, 2015
Alex Younger

I get the rhubarb, definitely, but much later on. Early impression: VERY salty, limestone, peppered cherry. To drink on--perhaps not. Interesting, but not sure if I'd buy again @ $20.

I get the rhubarb, definitely, but much later on. Early impression: VERY salty, limestone, peppered cherry. To drink on--perhaps not. Interesting, but not sure if I'd buy again @ $20.

1 person found it helpfulMay 15th, 2015
Hyoji Jang

Umami bomb! Broiled seashell note. Lovely.

Umami bomb! Broiled seashell note. Lovely.

1 person found it helpfulMar 30th, 2015
Will Stanley

Far different to the last time I had Bon Climat, which was a 2005 last year. This was far more refined and representative of the terroir.

Far different to the last time I had Bon Climat, which was a 2005 last year. This was far more refined and representative of the terroir.

1 person found it helpfulOct 5th, 2014
Rob Brobst III

Very Burgundian

Very Burgundian

Feb 1st, 2017
Rich Reader

More burgundian than California in its execution, a sideways moment in which we loosen our embrace of the Sonoma Coast, and get our Mind Behind this masterpiece. You should also mind your behind.

More burgundian than California in its execution, a sideways moment in which we loosen our embrace of the Sonoma Coast, and get our Mind Behind this masterpiece. You should also mind your behind.

Dec 8th, 2016