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Au Bon Climat Isabelle California Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County American Pinot Noir 2005

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One of five top-selling wines at Tastes of the Valleys wine bar (Q2, 2007) The Wine Named after Winemaker Jim Clendenen's daughter. This wine is blended from the best barrels of ABC's single-vineyard Pinot Noirs (Bien Nacido, Sanford & Benedict, Talley Rincon, Mt. Carmel...the proportions are a very proprietary secret). It is the winery's premiere Pinot Noir. The Winemaker: Our affiliated wine bar - Tastes of the Valleys - is the designated tasting room for Au Bon Climat. The ABC wines are produced by owner-winemaker Jim Clendenen, a not-shy producer who bottles a good half dozen pinots every year. To repeat an important and recurring theme of ours, I note that club selections are based on our knowledge and aesthetic, not simply on media awards and ratings. When our palate agrees with the award-givers, it is a happy coincidence. And though we don't dispense ratings or awards, selecting a wine for a club shipment is our way of saying it is a great wine for the price. In honoring Au Bon Climat in this way, we're in good company. Beginning in 1989 / 1990, Au Bon Climat was included on Robert Parker's list of Best Wineries in the World. In 1991, Owner/Winemaker Jim Clendenen was selected by Oz Clark as one of the fifty creators of Modern Classic wines. That same year, Dan Berger of the L.A. Times ranked Clendenen as #8 in his Top Twenty California Winemakers, then named him "L.A. Times Winemaker of the Year" in 1992, a title he earned again in 2001 from Food & Wine Magazine.

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Au Bon Climat:
Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat (which means "a well-exposed vineyard") produces internationally-recognized Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc wine from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County. The Au Bon Climat winery is located on the world-famous Bien Nacido Vineyard, and is owned by winemaker Jim Clendenen. Au Bon Climat was listed on Robert Parker's Best ... Read more
Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat (which means "a well-exposed vineyard") produces internationally-recognized Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc wine from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County. The Au Bon Climat winery is located on the world-famous Bien Nacido Vineyard, and is owned by winemaker Jim Clendenen. Au Bon Climat was listed on Robert Parker's Best Wineries of the World in both 1989 and 1990, while Jim Clendenen has been named Winemaker of the Year in 1992 by the Los Angeles Times, and Winemaker of the Year in 2001 by Food and Wine Magazine. The winery is not open to the public for either tours or tastings. Members of our wine club and mailing list are invited to our Spring and Fall Open Houses. Read less

One of five top-selling wines at Tastes of the Valleys wine bar (Q2, 2007) The Wine Named after Winemaker Jim Clendenen's daughter. This wine is blended from the best barrels of ABC's single-vineyard Pinot Noirs (Bien Nacido, Sanford & Benedict, Talley Rincon, Mt. Carmel...the proportions are a very proprietary secret). It is the winery's premiere Pinot Noir. The Winemaker: Our affiliated wine bar - Tastes of the Valleys - is the designated tasting room for Au Bon Climat. The ABC wines are produced by owner-winemaker Jim Clendenen, a not-shy producer who bottles a good half dozen pinots every year. To repeat an important and recurring theme of ours, I note that club selections are based on our knowledge and aesthetic, not simply on media awards and ratings. When our palate agrees with the award-givers, it is a happy coincidence. And though we don't dispense ratings or awards, selecting a wine for a club shipment is our way of saying it is a great wine for the price. In honoring Au Bon Climat in this way, we're in good company. Beginning in 1989 / 1990, Au Bon Climat was included on Robert Parker's list of Best Wineries in the World. In 1991, Owner/Winemaker Jim Clendenen was selected by Oz Clark as one of the fifty creators of Modern Classic wines. That same year, Dan Berger of the L.A. Times ranked Clendenen as #8 in his Top Twenty California Winemakers, then named him "L.A. Times Winemaker of the Year" in 1992, a title he earned again in 2001 from Food & Wine Magazine.

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