Au Bon Climat, Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2016

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    USA

  • Region:

    California

  • Area:

    Santa Barbara

  • ABV:

    13.50%

  • Grape:

    Pinot Noir

  • Grape Blend:

    Pinot Noir 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Jim Clenenden

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Sourced from several vineyards including Le Bon Climat and the legendary Bien Nacido in Santa Barbara. The wine gives aromas and flavours of strawberries and raspberries which are joined by anise and clove notes with mouth filling intensity.

Production Notes

As with all out Pinot Noirs, we are "hands-on". Every Pinot Noir is fermented in 5 ton open-top fermenters, which are punched down once or twice daily. These punch downs breakup the cap of skins that rises to the surface into the juice so the fermentation process extracts the best part of the Pinot grapes. The wine is pressed to complete dryness and goes to barrel with moderate lees. Our 'La Bauge' Pinot Noir is aged in 50% new French oak barrels made by cooper Francois Freres in the heart of Burgundy in the small village of St. Romain. The wine was carefully racked in the spring and then aged another 20 months (24 months total). It was lightly fined with 4 egg whites per barrel, and then bottled unfiltered.

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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.