Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara Usa 2008

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Berry Bros & Rudd review:<br/>Jim Clendenen was destined to be a lawyer when a holiday trip to Burgundy infused him with the idea of becoming a wine grower instead. He returned to California, rejected all notions of a career in the law and established Au Bon Climat Winery in 1982. The vines he planted lie at the foot of the Bien Nacido vineyard, one of the finest sites in California, ideal for the production of the refined, Burgundian style of Pinot Noir to which Jim so aspires. <br/> <br/>He regards Burgundy as the benchmark to which he should aspire and buys clones of Pinot Noir from Burgundy in a bid to replicate as closely as possible the restraint and finesse of the wines from that region. Winemaking follows very much a Burgundian pattern, too,with the wine being fermented in barrel and then aged in French barriques for 11-12 months before bottling.

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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

Member Reviews for Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara Usa

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Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
7729671,563
3.00 5
05/23/2011

The 2009 is earthy with some cheery flavors. Light tannins & high acidity. Light bodied... Would be good with fish.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
2.50 5
07/30/2010

Brambly, dirty, barnyard of a nose. Soft and smooth with rich fruit in the mouth. Finish offers prickly acidity and raspberries.


Snooth User: glharv
56115589
3.50 5
09/06/2011

Immediately tart and bright; a youthful, vibrant glass. Paired brilliantly with hummus.


Snooth User: W Reynolds
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2.50 5
03/15/2011

We had this with friends and we liked it. Good color and esay to enjoy. A friend brough it over now we need to find it again to try again. The spelling on the page is wrong. It should Santa Barbara I think.


Snooth User: REHalFR
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4.00 5
02/04/2014

Four glasses


External Reviews for Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara Usa

External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/06/2010

This wine is just easy to drink. Whether with fresh grilled salmon or left-over roast chicken or just in a glass by itself, the pretty plum and spring strawberry flavors of this Santa Barbara Pinot are simply delicious. There is nothing pretentious here, just well balanced, nicely textured, brightly fruity wine that seems to go with everything.


External Review
02/04/2010

If you want exceptional California Pinot Noir for your money – look no further. This well-balanced Pinot has rich, red-raspberry fruit with smoky notes. This delicious wine is a natural choice with food. By hand-selecting the grapes from the best fruit Santa Barbara has to offer and through careful bottling, this winemaker does his job.


External Review
01/04/2012

Vibrant and heady, this winersquo;s full-throttle flavors of juicy red fruit and red apple skin have plenty of complex spice. Itrsquo;s not powerfully structured, but it is mouthwatering, the kind of bottle that two people can open and easily finish. For roast quail.


External Review
10/24/2011

Light, bright red. High-pitched aromas of sweet red berries, rose and spicecake. Light in body and fresh, with no fat and a tangy edge to the moderately concentrated strawberry and raspberry flavors. Finishes firm and slightly dry, with no obvious tannins and decent persistence. ** Only 5 in Stock **


External Review
12/04/2009

This wine is just easy to drink. Whether with fresh grilled salmon or left-over roast chicken or just in a glass by itself, the pretty plum and spring strawberry flavors of ABC SB Pinot are simply delicious. There is nothing pretentious here, just well balanced, nicely textured, brightly fruity wine that seems to go with everything.


External Review
05/20/2011

ST: 87 Points


External Review
09/23/2011

"This wine is just easy to drink. There is nothing pretentious here



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Berry Bros & Rudd review:<br/>Jim Clendenen was destined to be a lawyer when a holiday trip to Burgundy infused him with the idea of becoming a wine grower instead. He returned to California, rejected all notions of a career in the law and established Au Bon Climat Winery in 1982. The vines he planted lie at the foot of the Bien Nacido vineyard, one of the finest sites in California, ideal for the production of the refined, Burgundian style of Pinot Noir to which Jim so aspires. <br/> <br/>He regards Burgundy as the benchmark to which he should aspire and buys clones of Pinot Noir from Burgundy in a bid to replicate as closely as possible the restraint and finesse of the wines from that region. Winemaking follows very much a Burgundian pattern, too,with the wine being fermented in barrel and then aged in French barriques for 11-12 months before bottling.

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