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 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.

– Description from Mimi Kim

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  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

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Au Bon Climat on Snooth

  • Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Audessus 2006


    A hearty pinot nose and hearty on the palate as well. Some sour cherry notes mingling with strawberries and some nice earth and mushroom hints. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Hello,I am new to the world of wine. The Snooth Website has been a great source of information and it looks like the forum is a good place to learn some more. I have been trying out different varietals to get a better idea of what I like (and dont like). So far am finding that I prefer medium to full bodied red wines. What kind of suggestions ... Read More

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  • Hello! Stumbled upon this site the other day and dove right in. Really enjoying reading tasting reviews out there and seeing what other people have to say about some of my favorite wines.Heres one for you - what are you serving for Thanksgiving? Read More

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  • Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara 2007


    This was a poor wine. Very acidic with harsh tannins and a long unpleasant after taste. I am tossing the rest of this bottle. I decanted this bottle for several hours and still have the same opinion. Read More

    Wine review by donccpa

  • Your Message... Too much acidity. I don't normally do this but I will toss the rest of this bottle. Read More

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  • Hi guys, just discovered this wonderful site, and instantly found my elf in company of passionate wine fans. My question to you guys: I have always been a fan of Californian wine, and mostly cab's and zin's but recently I've been hearing about the wonderful quality of Californian pinot, therefore, i would appreciate your guys opinion on which Ca... Read More

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  • Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2000


    Drinking today. Fruity and peppery give it nice balance. Not sure I should have held onto it this long. Smooth texture Read More

    Wine review by tjmwino

  • Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2007


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    Wine review by basilwino

  • Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Neilson H.V.C 2005


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    Wine review by nikkirn04

  • Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Neilson H.V.C 2005


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    Wine review by maximoo

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