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Au Bon Climat le Du's Pinot Noir 2012

Au Bon Climat le Du's Pinot Noir 750ML 2012   
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Immediately appealing aromatics with bright cassis, strawberry cream, but an undercurrent of dark chocolate and thyme. The palate is both voluptuous and lithe, with a nervy, Passetoutgrains finish. As with the Chardonnay, there is evidence of the California sun, in the baked raspberry fruit flavors, but the bright, expressive energy speaks to a French style.

Fashions come and go in the American wine landscape, but for over 30 years now Jim Clendenen has maintained a steady ship, crafting balanced wines that don't hammer you with their power and lush flavors, but rather are striking for their balance and transparency. Success came quickly for the balanced, terroir-driven wines from Au Bon Climat, but as the trend for bigger, bolder Pinots and Chardonnays started in the early nineties, the elegance of Jim's wines (to say nothing of their remarkable aging potential) kind of got lost in the mix.

Nevertheless Jim's philosophy never changed and as the trend has now come full circle toward wines with less bling and more substance, he is again in the center of the storm. When we opened Le Du's Wines in 2005, my first California visit was to Au Bon Climat so we could work together on our House Chardonnay. My instructions were pretty simple: I wanted a light, balanced wine, unencumbered by oak or alcohol and I knew Jim was the only guy that could make it for me. I've been delighted by each vintage ever since.

2012 is our kind of vintage. Across the state, full ripeness arrived with lower sugars, meaning the alcohol is in check and the acidity persists. It is a vintage of balance, elegance, and depth. Many a winemaker is talking about 2012 as one of the best vintages of the last 25 years and, judging by the wines Jim has made for us, we’re inclined to agree.

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Region: California
Sub-Region: Santa Barbara County
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Type: Still wine
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