Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2020
Au Bon Climat has been making Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County grapes since 1982, 23 years before Sideways. In the 1980s and 90s the product mix was at Au Bon Climat was 75% to 80% Chardonnay to 20% to 25% Pinot Noir. Chardonnay was king and people had not discovered the joys of Pinot Noir. All this began to change in the late 90s and now Au Bon Climat makes an equal amount of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Great value! Miles above other Pinots in the same price category, this wine is a particularly wonderful vintage. It is deeply colored with aromas and flavors of strawberries and raspberries joined by anise and clove in mouth filling intensity. Try with a good old fashion gourmet BLT, poached salmon or a grilled chicken salad with dried cranberries and walnuts. 13.5% Alc.
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Not a huge Pinot fan, more of a Cab or GSM guy, but this is very solid. Got to try this at the wine tasting Plume Ridge put on at Chase's in La Verne. The wine tasting was fantastic, great selection of Reds and Whites plus a nice spread of foods to pair well with the wine. I also purchased Jax cab, which is a new favorite and Chateau de l'Engarran Gres de Montpellier "Les Gravieres" Languedoc 2016 which I also recommend. Blake was running the tasting and is very knowledgable.