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Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Knox Alexander Santa Maria Valley Ca Usa California " Santa Barbara County Bottle 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

Knox (named after Jim's son) is a blend of the best fruit from the Bien<br/>Nacido and Le Bon Climat Vineyards. The wines see 18 months in barrel (75% new<br/>French oak) and filtration is done only as a last resort. The wine then rests<br/>in bottle for a year before it is released. <br/> <br/>The 2007 has a serious weighty fruit on the nose that will need 3-5 years to<br/>show its best. Very focused and darker berry fruits come to the fore. Superbly<br/>structured, with well-defined red and black fruit that will fill out with time.<br/>Another top-drawer wine. <br/>(Adam Bilbey - BBR Fine Wine Advisor)

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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

External Reviews for Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Knox Alexander Santa Maria Valley Ca Usa California " Santa Barbara County Bottle

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/11/2011

ST: 90 Points


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/19/2010

Light red. Musky aromas of strawberry, raspberry and dried flowers. Sweet on entry, then vibrant and spicy in the middle, with juicy red berry and cherry flavors. Dusty tannins add support and carry through a tightly focused and slightly dusty finish. Gains sweetness with aeration as well as more flesh; I'd hold off opening this for a few more years.


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
09/23/2011

"Red fruit and berries dominate the aromas in this wine. The mouth is intense and acidic with disengaged red berries



Knox (named after Jim's son) is a blend of the best fruit from the Bien<br/>Nacido and Le Bon Climat Vineyards. The wines see 18 months in barrel (75% new<br/>French oak) and filtration is done only as a last resort. The wine then rests<br/>in bottle for a year before it is released. <br/> <br/>The 2007 has a serious weighty fruit on the nose that will need 3-5 years to<br/>show its best. Very focused and darker berry fruits come to the fore. Superbly<br/>structured, with well-defined red and black fruit that will fill out with time.<br/>Another top-drawer wine. <br/>(Adam Bilbey - BBR Fine Wine Advisor)

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