Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Knox Alexander 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A MEMORABLE California Pinot Noir.

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: 2016

Price: $40.00 (with a club discount)

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

Paired With: Mushroom soup and tuna dreams.


    Opened 90-minutes before drinking. Clear, ruby color with a light brownish rim. Wonderful cinnamon, cherry and raspberry aromas. Silky smooth, rich, energetic and tart mouthfeel, medium body and a 400-grit texture. Powerful tart cherry, tar, pomegranate and raspberry flavors. Well balanced vivid acidity, dense yet refined well integrated tannins and a lingering fruit finish that had a dusty sensation and a hint of spice in the aftertaste. WOW, WOW, WOW this was FANTASTIC California Pinot Noir. It elevates smooth, flavor and mouthfeel to a whole different level, but it was still “New World” bold. It was jumping up and down good paired with the mushroom soup and we enjoyed every sip. In the end we simply called this a MEMORABLE California Pinot Noir.

Jim Clendenen
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Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: Aluminium covered 55mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: 8 50755 00023 3

Imported by: Not applicable.