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2016 AU BON CLIMAT PINOT NOIR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750ML

Region: Region:United States
Varietal: Varietal:Pinot Noir

Vintage: Vintage:2016

Regular price $21.49

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It takes a ’???Mind Behind’??? to create the world of Au Bon Climat, and a team to carry out the vision. The ABC team is a dedicated bunch that truly do believe life is too short to drink bad wine. With Jim Clendenen at the helm, there is a balanced approach to life that is evident in the wines and in an upbeat workplace.

Jim Clendenen was born in Akron, Ohio to gastronomically impoverished parents during the culinary Dark Ages of the American 1950s. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with High Honors in Pre-Law in 1976. It was during his ’???junior year abroad’??? in 1974, while turning 21 in France, that he discovered life beyond tacos. After graduation, a one month stay in both Burgundy and Champagne convinced him to attempt a career in wine rather than continue on to law school. Beginning with the 1978 harvest, Jim Clendenen was assistant winemaker at Zaca Mesa Winery for three vintages, a valued training experience. In 1981 his vision broadened with three harvests in one year as Jim worked crush and directed the harvest at wineries in Australia and France.

Three harvests in one year confirmed his masochistic tendencies. In 1982, Clendenen decided, along with Adam Tolmach, to start a winery dedicated to Burgundian varietals in leased quarters. Adam left in 1990 to pursue his own efforts leaving Jim solo at the helm. Through careful re-investment from its own production, Au Bon Climat (which means ’???a well exposed vineyard’???) has grown to over 50,000 cases annually. Au Bon Climat sources fruit from several of the most highly regarded vineyards in the Central Coast.

Winemaker's Notes: This wine is just easy to drink. Whether with fresh grilled salmon or left-over roast chicken or just in a glass by itself, the pretty plum and spring strawberry flavors of ABC SB PN are simply delicious. There is nothing pretentious here, just well balanced, nicely textured, brightly fruity wine that seems to go with everything.

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