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Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley Knox Alexander 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

92 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): ...seamless and perfectly balanced, with classic notes of sweet cherries, damp soil, forest floor and wild herbs. Coming from the Le Bon Climat and Bien Nacido vineyards and aged 20 months in new French oak, this medium-bodied, elegant, silky Pinot Noir has impressive aromatics, but it's on the palate where it really shines. It's drinking nicely now, but given its balance and fine tannin on the finish, it should still be singing at age 10+ as well. 2015-2024. (Aug 2015)

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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

92 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): ...seamless and perfectly balanced, with classic notes of sweet cherries, damp soil, forest floor and wild herbs. Coming from the Le Bon Climat and Bien Nacido vineyards and aged 20 months in new French oak, this medium-bodied, elegant, silky Pinot Noir has impressive aromatics, but it's on the palate where it really shines. It's drinking nicely now, but given its balance and fine tannin on the finish, it should still be singing at age 10+ as well. 2015-2024. (Aug 2015)

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