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Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2016

Winemaker's Notes:

Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir is a blend of Pinot Noir from six vineyards: Bien Nacido, Rancho Vinedo and Le Bon Climat which are all in the Santa Maria Valley, two vineyards in the Los Alamos Valley: Los Alamos Vineyard and Kick-On Vineyard, and one in the Santa Rita appellation: Pence Ranch. There is also 5% Mondeuse from Bien Nacido blended into this vintage. We kept most small lots of Pinot Noir separate for the first 6 months. Pinot Noir takes at least 6 months to reveal itself and until the wine can be effectively evaluated, we don’t blend, but the 2014 Pinots tasted delicious from the start. In its youth, match this wine with lamb or dried meats. After a few years as the flavors coalesce, it will pair better with Salmon or mild red sauce with pasta. The possible food pairings are almost endless.

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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 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

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Snooth User: RandyFisher
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2015 04/16/2017

Medium light in body. Subtle fruit on the nose with sour cherries on the palate and noticeable greenish tannins on the finish. Guessing there was some stem inclusion.


Snooth User: robfohl
74080480
4.00 5
Vintage: 2013 09/15/2015

Bright, strawberry, smooth easy drinking. I like!


Snooth User: bwalden457
523776132
2.50 5
Vintage: 2010 12/29/2012

nice body - medium tannin


Snooth User: Miodrag Perin
114279217
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 02/24/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: chevre4evre
83890749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 07/18/2011

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


Snooth User: kiyokiyo61
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2009 04/22/2014

2013/7/4


Snooth User: ayadaddy
17535725
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 11/06/2011

Three and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

External Review
Vintage: 2012 11/05/2013

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.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 04/07/2014

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. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 04/07/2014

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. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2009 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 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.


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Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir is a blend of Pinot Noir from six vineyards: Bien Nacido, Rancho Vinedo and Le Bon Climat which are all in the Santa Maria Valley, two vineyards in the Los Alamos Valley: Los Alamos Vineyard and Kick-On Vineyard, and one in the Santa Rita appellation: Pence Ranch. There is also 5% Mondeuse from Bien Nacido blended into this vintage. We kept most small lots of Pinot Noir separate for the first 6 months. Pinot Noir takes at least 6 months to reveal itself and until the wine can be effectively evaluated, we don’t blend, but the 2014 Pinots tasted delicious from the start. In its youth, match this wine with lamb or dried meats. After a few years as the flavors coalesce, it will pair better with Salmon or mild red sauce with pasta. The possible food pairings are almost endless.

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