Au Bon Climat, Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc Santa Maria Valley 2017

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    USA

  • Region:

    California

  • Area:

    Santa Barbara

  • ABV:

    13.50%

  • Grape:

    Pinot Gris/Grigio

  • Grape Blend:

    Pinot Gris 60%, Pinot Blanc 40%

  • Winemaker:

    Jim Clenenden

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Au Bon Climat Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc Santa Maria Valley 2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

The Au Bon Climat 2017 Pinot Gris 60%/Pinot Blanc 40% is a versatile wine. It is light and refreshing making a good choice for an aperitif. It has enough body and intensity to go with food as well. The minerality and acidity make this a great wine for shellfish of any kind but it is also delightful with roast chicken, turkey or pastas with a light béchamel sauce. The aromas are salty, mineral with a lemon-lime note. In the mouth the wine is rich and textural, from the time spent on lees in the barrel. Au Bon Climat makes a longer barrel aged version of this wine called Hildegard which is Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Aligoté, with more oak influence and more barrel and bottle age. If you like our Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc blends, on a special occasion, try our Hildegard.

Production Notes

Pinot Gris are the first grapes harvested each year, at the end of August. Our crisp Pinot Gris is picked with low sugar and high acidity. The Pinot Gris portion of the blend supplies the energy, while the Pinot Blanc delivers minerality and depth. The Pinot Blanc portion is from Bien Nacido Vineyard. All Bien Nacido grapes are well farmed. Au Bon Climat is located in the Bien Nacido vineyard allowing us to closely monitor the grapes maturity and pick at optimum ripeness. All the Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc are harvested by hand, whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented. Upon completion of sugar and malo-lactic fermentations, the wine is sulfured and rests surlees until the late summer. After racking and processing, the wine was returned to barrel spending a total 6 months in the barrel before bottling. Early bottle whites usually require a light filtration.

Critics Reviews

JancisRobinson.com 16.5pts (2017) - Light nose of redwood (?) interior (a particular smell that reminds me of the inside of California houses where there is lots of wood in evidence) and fresh pear fruit. Pretty wine that’s quite substantial and has great acidity – much more than any Baden example of Weissburgunder, for instance. Lots of chew. Very salty and refreshing. GV

Producer Profile

Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat produces internationally-recognized Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County. Located at the foot of one of California's most highly rated vineyards, Bien Nacido in the Santa Maria Valley, one of the finest sites in California, ideal for the production of the refined, Burgundian style of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to which Jim so aspires. ABC, as it is more commonly referred to, has won universal acclaim for its wines thanks to owner & winemaker Jim 'Wild Boy' Clendenen. Jim regards Burgundy as the benchmark to which he should aspire; he purchases clones of Pinot Noir from Burgundy in a bid to replicate as closely as possible the restraint and finesse of the wines from the region. Jim eschewed a career in law for the lure of the vine following a month's stay in Burgundy and Champagne when he was 21. He has never looked back, although he is frequently to be found darkening the doors along the stretch of the Cote d'Or. His wines combine the mineral precision and grace of Burgundy with the flair of the West Coast.