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Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Ynez Valley Mt. Carmel 2008

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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."

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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 Ynez Valley Mt. Carmel

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Snooth User: Winelover82
7273658
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 07/14/2008

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...


Snooth User: 97mjr
339902,159
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 03/08/2009

[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


Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 05/15/2009

New world Pinoty, seductive. Tannic and acidic. Red-black berries.


Snooth User: gunnarmcclellan
3903268
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 12/17/2007

Four and a half glasses



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."

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