Clendenen Family Vineyards (Au Bon Climat) Grenache Gris Rancho La Cuna 2018

Synopsis, Our Opinion: Unique, a great value and nothing short of OUTSTANDING.

Producer/Winery: Jim, Isabelle and Knox Clendenen; Clendenen Family Vineyards; Au Bon Climat; Santa Maria, California.

Grape Variety: Grenache Gris.

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

Vintage: 2018

Price: $14.40 (with a club discount)

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

Paired With: Za’atar chicken, brown rice and squash from the garden.


    Chilled before drinking. Clear, wheat straw color with just a hint of pink tint. Quite aromatic citrus, melon, apricot, peach and fresh cut pine aromas. Smooth entry, lively, a tad oily and uniquely spicy mouthfeel, medium body and a 150-grit texture. Pear, lemon, Florida grapefruit and apricot flavors with a persistent mineral or stainless steel background. Nice crisp acidity and a long bitter finish that had lots of staying power. This was a real WOW, WOW wine and this may be the first time we have ever had a Grenache Gris varietal. It was a superb pairing with the chicken and we were really taken with it sipping with out food. We called it unique, a great value and nothing short of OUTSTANDING.

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Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Closure: Aluminum covered 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: 8 57835 00341 2

Imported by: Not applicable.