2020 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

37.95 31.36
Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Central Coast
Winery Au Bon Climat
Year 2020
Grape Pinot Noir
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2022 - 2030
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It's hard to mention Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir without bringing up the Alexander Payne movie Sideways. The release of the film couldn't have come at a better time. Prior to Sideways, Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir was on its way to stardom. A new generation of vineyard managers had come on the scene and many understood what needed to be done in the vineyard to improve Pinot Noir and winemakers got a better idea of ​​how to handle Pinot Noir in the winery. The convergence of better grapes, better winemaking and a very popular and entertaining movie led to an explosion in the popularity of Pinot Noir and especially Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. Although the film was a 2004 release, the effects are still there and this has led to a more terroir driven wine for both pinot noir and chardonnay in which winemaker Jim Clendenen has made world fame through his work on terroir. -identification in California, for the planting of pinot noir and chardonnay. The man carried out groundbreaking historical research into Burgundy from the 'pre-chardonnay' era, when white Bourgognes were made from pinot gris, pinot blanc and aligoté. His wines are an ode to minerals, have an exceptional depth and are of an absolute world class.

Au Bon Climat has been making the Pinot Noir of Santa Barbara County grapes since 1982, 23 years for Sideways. In the 1980s and 1990s, the product mix at Au Bon Climat was 75% to 80% Chardonnay to 20% to 25% Pinot Noir. Chardonnay was king and the people hadn't discovered the joys of Pinot Noir. This all started to change in the late 90s and now Au Bon Climat makes as much Pinot Noir as Chardonnay.

The aromas of strawberries and blackberries slowly emerge from the glass. Over time, more anise and cloves will mingle with these other aromas. In its early years the wine is juicy, mouth-filling and smooth but the complexity will increase as the wine ages. In its youth, combine this wine with lamb or dried meat. After a few years, as the flavors meld, it will pair better with salmon or mild red sauce with pasta or spicy Indian dishes.

Vineyard for 2020 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

The brain behind the Au Bon Climat winery is Jim Clendenen. He was born in Akron, Ohio and graduated in law from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1976. During his studies he had his "junior year abroad" in 1974 in France where he discovered that life was more than just tacos. After graduation, he spent both a month in Burgundy and Champagne, which convinced him to pursue a career in wine rather than pursuing a law degree. During the 1978 harvest, Jim Clendenen was an assistant winemaker at Zaca Mesa Winery. He stayed there for 3 years and gained a great wealth of experience. In 1982 Clendenen, together with Adam Tolmach, decided to establish a winery with only Burgundian varieties of rented plots. In 1990 Adam left again and Jim took the helm solo. Through careful reinvestment from its own production, Au Bon Climat (meaning "a well-exposed vineyard") has grown to over 50,000 crates per year.

Au Bon Climat collects grapes from several vineyards on the California Central Coast, particularly Santa Barbara County, all of which are highly regarded. These include Clendenen's very own Le Bon Climat Vineyard and also grapes from the legendary Bien Nacido vineyard - both in Santa Maria Valley. Also grapes from Sanford & Benedict Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills, Los Alamos Vineyard (Santa Barbara County) and Talley Vineyard in San Luis Obispo County.

The winery has built an international reputation with its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. Jim Clendenen, as they call it the "Mind Behind" Au Bon Climat, is recognized worldwide for its classically styled wines. In 1989 and 1990, Au Bon Climat was on Robert Parker's shortlist of Best Wineries in the World and in 1991 was selected by Oz Clark as one of the 50 global creators of Modern Classic Wines. Dan Berger of the Los Angeles Times named Clendenen "Los Angeles Time Winemaker of the Year" in 1992; Food & Wine Magazine named him "Winemaker of the Year" in 2001. Germany's leading wine magazine Wein Gourmet named Clendenen "Winemaker of the World;" and in 2007 Jim was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America." There are many accolades, but Jim does not rest on his laurels. He is constantly looking to refine his profession and therefore leads the pack.

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More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Central Coast
Winery Au Bon Climat
Grape Pinot Noir
Biological certified No
Vegan No
Year 2020
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2030
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Tasting Profiles Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Red fruit, Flexible, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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