Au Bon Climat Knox Alexander Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley
- Pinot Noir
- A layered wine with intense aromatics, precision and focus
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- Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat (which means "a well-exposed vineyard") produces internationally-recognized Pinot Noir & Chardonnay from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County. Located at the foot of one of California's most 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 Jim 'Wild Boy' Clendenen, its winemaker and owner. He regards Burgundy as the benchmark to which he should aspire and buys clones of Pinot Noir from Burgundy in a bid to replicate as closely as possible the restraint and finesse of the wines from that region. his wines combine the minerally precision and grace of Burgundy with the flair of the West Coast.
Arrestingly complex, with notes of hedgerow berries, undergrowth and a forest-like fragrance. Intensely aromatic, and layered on the palate, this wine gives more with every sip and develops beautifully into a long, aromatic finish.
- "Astounding depth and flavour with baked cherry peel and liquorice - a Cote de Nuits style". 90 Points - Robert Parker.
- Jim Clendenen - Winemaker of the Year Award
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Symposium in Santa Maria, California.
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A subtle yet rich complex wine like this needs foods like light game, particularly partridge, or delicate yet rich white meats. A wonderful wine that pairs with many dishes.
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