Au Bon Climat, Santa Maria Valley, Knox Alexander, Pinot Noir 2019

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Antonio Galloni writes on Au Bon Climat's 2019 vintage in Vinous

This is a fabulous set of wines from Au Bon Climat. I admit, it’s hard today to taste wines Jim Clendenen made prior his passing last year. At the same time, these new releases provide fascinating insight into his stylistic choices across several vineyards and sites." (06/2022) 


The Pinots of Santa Maria Valley appellation are known for their fragrant, spicy, ethereal bouquet. This wine does not disappoint. Aromas of Bing cherry, cranberry, red currant, rose hip and dark chocolate are apparent with an intriguing scent of underbrush buried deeper in the wine. Flavors constantly evolve starting with raspberries and moving to dark cocoa. In the backgroound is french oak vanillin and balanced tannins. It is very focused on the palate, in a tight, racy style.

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