Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Jims 40th Harvest from Estate Grown Bien Nacido 2017

Synopsis, Our Opinion: Expressive and refined Pinot Noir with elegantly complex flavors.

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

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Santa Maria Valley; Central Coast, California.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $60.00 (with a club discount)

Purchased From: Au Bon Climat tasting room, Santa Barbara, California.

Paired With: Grilled chicken and pesto pizza with peppers and onions.


    Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, ruby color with a lighter brownish rim. Unique aromas of cherry, cinnamon and smoke with hints of rose floral. Silky smooth, bitter and enticing mouthfeel, medium body and a 400-grit texture. Cherry, raspberry and spicy cinnamon & clove intertwined flavors. Bright acidity, fine grained tannins with a fruity and growing tannic finish. WOW this was a very special California Pinot Noir. A balanced mixture of tastes and mouthfeel that were absolutely unique and the persistent sweet spice really was a hook that was captivating. We called it expressive and refined Pinot Noir with elegantly complex flavors…and the wine was way beyond our humble pizza dinner!!!

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Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: Aluminum covered 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Not applicable.