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Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2017


Synopsis, Our Opinion: impressive grocery store wine that should
be bought by the case…it was an AWESOME VALUE!!!

Producer/Winery: Jim Clendenen, Au Bon Climat; Santa Maria, California.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Santa Barbara County; Central Coast, California.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $16.99 (with a 30% mixed 6-pack discount)

Purchased From: Ralph’s Grocery Store; Agoura Hills California..

Paired With: White chili (Chechen and beans), corn bread and peanut slaw

Tasting:

    Note: This year while in California we are reviewing a substantial number of wines sold in grocery stores. This review is one of them. To see all of our grocery store wine reviews look under the keyword “Grocery Store Wines”.

    Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, light ruby color with the same color rim. Strong waves of damp earth, barnyard, cherry, raspberry and leather aromas. Smooth, fresh and slightly edgy mouthfeel, medium body and a 150-grit texture. Lots cherry, raspberry, and light peppery and clove spice. Enticing and lively crisp acidity, well integrated tannins and a long tart cherry and peppery finish. WOW, WOW, WOW, what a STELLAR grocery store wine. It was good right from the first sniff. More than anything the balance of this wine was so special it instantly became a noteworthy grocery store wine at this price point. We stepped up from the $10 category and it really made a huge difference. This was an OUTSTANDING Pinot Noir at this price point regardless of where you purchase it. We called it impressive grocery store wine that should be bought by the case…it was an AWESOME VALUE!!!

Jim Clendenen
Photo from Au Bon Climat.

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Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: 8 50755 00004 2

Imported by: Not applicable.