An unmistakable presence with his large stature and long wavy hair, he achieved a mountain of success in his craft, as a pioneer in California, in general, and Santa Barbara in particular, where he proved to the world that Pinot Noir and Chardonnay could be made in a leaner more Burgundian style despite the constant Cali sunshine and warm weather.
By 1990, his winery Au Bon Climat was considered one of the best in the world and the awards flooded in. Winemaker of the Year by Food & Wine, Winemaker of the World by Wein Gourmet, a James Beard Award in 2007. You name it.
Up until his passing, Jim Clendenen was making some of the best Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays anywhere. I was lucky enough to lock into a small quantity of two of his classic Santa Barbara County wines.
This mixed case gets you 6 bottles each of the late icon’s 2019 SB bottlings, both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This is a special collectors item that continues to appreciate in value with the untimely passing of the big, friendly giant that was Jim Clendenen. These are some of the best expressions of Southern California wines out there. Don’t miss.