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Robert Parker Jr. famously said of Clendenen and his wines, “Great wine is meant to be both thrilling and joyous. That is what Au Bon Climat’s objectives must certainly be.” That’s definitely true with this ABC Pinot Noir that has a wonderfully vibrant expression and continues in the tradition of some of the best Burgundian style Pinots in America. Flush with clean, juicy red berry fruit that’s well balanced by strong acid and a mid-full bodied middle with firm chewy tannins. It continues to evolve with time in the glass, making for a complex and racy Pinot Noir that gets better with each sip. Don’t miss a great bottling from the end of a special era in a great 2019 vintage in So Cal.
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The ultimate collection of Jim Clendenen’s best value wines. These are special bottles to have around the house/cellar. Au Bon Climat has long represented some of the best version of Pinot and Chardonnay made anywhere, with Jim’s Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays inspiring some of the most famous winemakers today including Chuck Wagner of Caymus to make Burgundian varietals in Southern California.
6 btls, Pinot Noir Santa Barbara 2019
6 btls, Chardonnay Santa Barbara 2019
This is rich, opulent, stunning Pinot Noir with a higher pH and a deeper, richer complexion than their Willamette neighbors. It’s a dead ringer for Russian River Valley. Deep red ruby color to the rim with high-toned red berry fruit soaring right out of the glass. It’s incredibly fresh with tremendous depth backed by fine tannins, bright acidity and amazing purity of fruit on the palate. It’s a finessed and elegant Pinot with just intensity and length. At this price, there’s no better Pinot in the country. That’s a fact.
From Mercurey in the north Cote Chalonnaise, comes a stunner of a Pinot. As Galloni pointed out, “I was very impressed with the wines I tasted at Camille Giroud. While top selections are hugely successful, readers should also pay attention to the village wines, which deliver plenty of character at accessible prices.” The raspberry fruits are super clean and pure on both the nose and in the mouth. The acidity is just where you would want it and finish is so smooth.
Obviously, I can’t tell you all the details of the vineyard source but I can let you in on a few of the details. Crafted using fruit from 1000-1500 ft in elevation, Chad’s 2019 is cool climate Pinot at its best– especially given the price tag. While similar wines (very similar wines) will fetch a $45 price tag, you can snag it today just less than half off that price on bottle one. There’s no surprise this is the #1 wine of the year in 2020.
The second year of this elegant, silky smooth Willamette Valley Pinot Noir crafted by Bertrand de Villane of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti fame. Again it comes from the gorgeous Winter’s Hill Estate about 700 feet above sea level in the Dundee Hills. All indications are that the 2019 is going to be one of the best for Pinot Noir since 1991. A flawless summer that benefited from very little rain mixed with cool, breezy summer nights. With a round, supple mouthfeel and a sturdy backbone this will age gracefully for a decade plus. Bertrand’s wines just have a signature stamp that is unmistakably his. This is phenomenal.
Lydia Cornu’s 2019 Haut-Côtes-du-Beaune is a product of super old vines and a low yield with no new oak in the ageing process. The wine is an absolute joy to drink– a bowl full of berries on the nose, high-toned, racy fruit in the mid palate with the structure and length that is the hallmark of Cornu-Camus wines. It’s delicious now. It’ll be delicious in a decade. And as the first non-tariffed Burgundy in a while, today’s price is truly absurd.
The recently released Elouan Oregon Pinot Noir 2018 is wonderfully ripe and juicy with vibrant flavors of rich cranberries, baked cherry pie and just a hint of earthiness. It’s packed with crushed red fruits and finishes with soft, refined tannins that leave a great aftertaste. It’s a great choice any time of the year– delicious by itself or paired with just about anything. In 2018, it saw predominantly fruit from the lush Willamette Valley, adding the cold weather Pinot element to a wine usually more reliant on southern Oregon.
Chaponnieres is a single parcel on the same hillside as the premier crus, with southern exposure and vines planted in 1950. They are rooted in a fine clay, the perfect soil for producing wine of incredible purity of fruit. The ’19 has intense aromatics of strawberry, black cherry, cinnamon and roses. The fruit is almost crunchy; incredibly fresh, juicy, really flat-out delicious. Great now, great in 10 years and qualitatively worth double the price!
93 Points, James Suckling
This wine is so stinking good– there’s a reason it’s been a multiple recipient of a Wine Spectator Top 100 Wine of the Year nod. They haven’t gotten their hands on the 2018 yet, but I think I know how that one is going to go. It’s just so fresh and vibrant with an emphatic expression of berries and herbs and an effortless smoothness that lasts all the way through the finish. It’s Oregon Pinot at its best– when you feel like you’re drinking silk.