Au Bon Climat-Pinot Noir St Barbara au Bon Climat Jim Clendenen Santa Barbara 2009

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88 points Wine & Spirits: High-toned cherry and strawberry fruit ride above this wine's ample texture. There's a touch of bitterness in the tannin to balance the fruit, finishing clean and tight in its youth. Decant for braised rabbit or other gamey meats. (Apr 2011)

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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
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Member Reviews for Au Bon Climat-Pinot Noir St Barbara au Bon Climat Jim Clendenen Santa Barbara

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Snooth User: chevre4evre
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4.00 5
07/18/2011

I was a fan. Noticeable tanins and a smoky taste.


Snooth User: kiyokiyo61
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2013/7/4


Snooth User: ayadaddy
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3.50 5
11/06/2011

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Au Bon Climat-Pinot Noir St Barbara au Bon Climat Jim Clendenen Santa Barbara

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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/14/2012

Bright red. Fresh red berries and spices on the nose. Firm, slightly hard-edged redcurrant and cherry flavors gain flesh with air and pick up a subtle floral quality. Nicely brisk if a tad firm, with good finishing clarity and bite.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/14/2012

High-toned cherry and strawberry fruit ride above this winersquo;s ample texture. Therersquo;s a touch of bitterness in the tannin to balance the fruit, finishing clean and tight in its youth. Decant for braised rabbit or other gamey meats.


External Review
05/21/2011

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
07/06/2011

Tasting Notes - This is an amazing wine for the price. With so many Pinots shooting up in price this is still a perfect by-the-glass wine. Drink this with any grilled meat; the smoky flavors really bring out the best in this wine. The structure of this wine will hold together for many years, it is drinking well right now and will improve and evolve for another 3 or 4 years.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

High-toned cherry and strawberry fruit ride above this wineandrsquo;s ample texture. Thereandrsquo;s a touch of bitterness in the tannin to balance the fruit, finishing clean and tight in its youth. Decant for braised rabbit or other gamey meats.



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88 points Wine & Spirits: High-toned cherry and strawberry fruit ride above this wine's ample texture. There's a touch of bitterness in the tannin to balance the fruit, finishing clean and tight in its youth. Decant for braised rabbit or other gamey meats. (Apr 2011)

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