Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Ynez Valley Mt. Carmel 2008
The UK's leading wine critic Jancis Robinson made this her wine of the week in June 2009. She wrote: "This was/is pure essence of Pinot Noir - beautifully balanced and fragrant with lots of fruit and elegance and no trace of superfluous sweetness or alcohol. 'Wild Boy' Clendenen, he of the curly fading blond tresses (no rules against this yet at the RAC), is difficult to understand at the best of times, but I think what he was trying to tell me was that the fruit for this new bottling comes from vineyards that had previously been farmed by the Robert Mondavi group, who (a) no longer needed the fruit for their reduced range and (b) were always very good farmers so the fruit was particularly good. Apologies to all if I took the wrong end of the stick poking out of Clendenen's hair on this one. Perhaps purple pager Mel Knox of San Francisco, who has long served as a sort of porte-parole for Au Bon Climat, will put me straight. The main thing is just how delicious the wine is. The sort of thing you search for for some time in Burgundy."
Nice Bright Red Color, variety of black and red fruits and smell sweet as ice wine!! strange for me to pick that on my nose.. so overall i really like the smell..For the taste Very nice smooth taste.. well-balanced.. little bit tannin.. I really liked it.. i will give 90 point for this...
[Rhapsody, Chi] Thick, full bodied pino.t Highly acid, with red fruit, black cherries, tannic. Lacks balance, needs some time to settle down. But good QPR
New world Pinoty, seductive. Tannic and acidic. Red-black berries.
Four and a half glasses