2018 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

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Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Central Coast
Winery Au Bon Climat
Vintage 2018
Grape Pinot Noir
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2022 - 2032
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This is a chardonnay with an intelligent and perfectly dosed wood aging. The winemaker Jim Clendenen is a wonderful and very sensitive winemaker who is mainly known worldwide for his work on terroir identification in California, for the plantings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The man conducted groundbreaking historical research into Burgundy from the 'pré-chardonnay' era, when white Burgundies were made from Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Aligoté. His wines are an ode to minerals, have an exceptional depth and are of absolute world class.

The Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is one of the great Pinot vineyards of the world. The wine has a nose of perfumed red and black cherries, star anise and earth. The palate is silky and expansive with nuanced, spicy berries boosted by nice acidity, with a long finish. Scored 95+ points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate; 94 points Wine & Spirits Magazine; 92 points Wine lover; 90 points wine.

The vineyard was planted in 1971 and the pinot noir was selected from the oldest part of the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, located in the very cool Sta. Rita Hills - one of America's great Pinot vineyards.

After careful hand picking in the early morning hours, the grapes arrived nice and cold at the winery. Cool grapes allow time for cold soaking and slower fermentation. During the cold, prolonged soaking, the fruit-driven aromas and flavors come out of the grapes much better. The slower fermentation also aided in the gradual extraction of additional aromas and flavors as the alcohol content slowly increases. 50% of the fruit was fermented in whole bunches to further increase intensity and spice. The wine is further aged in new French oak Francois Frères barrels. and was left in the barrel for a total of 22 months and was then bottled unfiltered and after this the wine had some further bottle maturation.

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Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Central Coast
Winery Au Bon Climat
Grape Pinot Noir
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2018
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2032
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 95
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Mineral, Red fruit, Flexible, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard
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