Wines of Vision, Balance, and Character
Jim Clendenen is the "Mind Behind" Au Bon Climat creating internationally recognized, Burgundian-focused wines of balance and intrigue. But with a creative mind, there is so much more. Jim's other projects of passion allow him to make artisan, small lots of distinctive wines from a wider spectrum of varieties, in styles conducive to limited production under different brands. Clendenen Family, Barham Mendelsohn, and Ici La-Bas, and others, are among the labels available online and through the tasting room.
"Since that first harvest in 1982, Mr. Clendenen has been the prime mover in putting the Santa Barbara region on the map as a source of fine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir…." Jay McInerney, The Wall Street Journal