Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Runway Vineyard 2017

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A distinctive California Central Coast red wine.

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

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

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

Vintage: 2017

Price: $40.00 (with a club discount)

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

Paired With: Pork stroganoff with rice and broccoli.


    Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, light purple/ruby color with a pale purple rim. Cinnamon, clove and earthy cherry aromas. Potent, high-powered and tingling mouthfeel, light to medium body and a 150-grit texture. Tart cherry, plum, peppery spice and herb flavors. Nice fresh acidity, very fine tannins and a very long spicy and juicy plum finish. Definately not your typical Calfornia Pinot Noir. This was a substainal red wine that tasted like it was from the Rhone Valley. The spicy aftertaste really came alive and gave the wine its charadcter. It was a hand-and-glove pairing with the pork stroganoff. Although not typical Pinot Noir, we both commented that this was a distinctive California Central Coast red wine.

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    Alcohol Content: 13%

    Closure: Aluminum covered 50mm natural cork.

    UPC Code: Not available.

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