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Au Bon Climat

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The Family of Wines

Au Bon Climat

An homage to the wines of Burgundy, Au Bon Climat features many renditions of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc, with balance and character critical elements in every wine. These wines age beautifully because of their balance and restraint. There are three tiers within the Au Bon Climat brand.

1. Blue Series:  Four wines are created from the best cuvées and receive the highest percentage of new french oak. They are: Chardonnay "Nuits-Blanches au Bouge", Hildegard (a blended white of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Aligoté), Pinot Noir "Knox Alexander", and Pinot Noir "Isabelle."

2. Historic Vineyards Collection: The collection represent five iconic vineyards that have elevated the recognition of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in this wine region; four from Santa Barbara County and one from San Luis Obispo County.

3. Santa Barbara County Classics: These are wines of character that are imminently enjoyable and very affordable so you can make them a part of your everyday life without sacrificing quality. The Santa Barbara County Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are remarkable for the price. The Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc is elegant and refreshing.

Clendenen Family

This is not just another label, it is a project of passion for winemaker/owner Jim Clendenen.  These are artisan, small lots of distinctive wines where commerce is not the driving force. These wines have the luxury to be in barrel as long as they need it (5 years for the Nebbiolo!). Wines that are nuanced, long lived, food-friendly, with firm acidities, and moderate alcohol. There is no doubt quality is here; the question is if there is patience enough in today’s consumptive environment. These are distinctive, adult wine styles.

Most of the fruit for the Clendenen Family wines comes from the estate Le Bon Climat Vineyard located in the Santa Maria Valley. The 70 acre vineyard produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, Aligoté, Gewürztraminer, and Teroldego.

Barham Mendelsohn

In 1998, Barbara Barham Mendelsohn and Richard Mendelsohn planted 5 acres of carefully selected clones of Pinot Noir on Lala Panzi Ranch in the Russian River Valley near Healdsburg in Sonoma County. The Mendelsohns engaged successful and experienced viticulturalist Fred Peterson to direct the planting of 6,100 vines on their rolling ranch land. The Mendelsohns questioned leading wine industry figures and compiled a list of the most successful Pinot Noir producers and cross-referenced it down to three names.

After an interview process, a joint venture was proposed to Jim Clendenen. During this mutual discovery period Clendenen was impressed by the beauty of Lala Panzi, the excellence of the site, and the commitment to organic farming producing balanced fruit and wine. The concurrence of Jim’s idea of clonal selection with Fred Peterson’s ideas, and the exciting shared vision of food and wine culture that Jim possessed with the Mendelsohns, cemented their relationship. One, limited edition Pinot is made each year and each year it is phenomenal. Under "Specialty Wines."

Ici/La-Bas

Ici/La-Bas translates as “here and there”, as in the grapes are grown "there" in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County or Oregon, and the wine is made "here" at our production facility in Santa Maria. Each year a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is produced from the Elke Vineyard in Anderson Valley, and occasionally a Pinot Noir from Oregon. Under "Specialty Wines."

 

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With flavors of fresh pear, lemon curd and hazelnuts, this is a delightful, elegant food wine. Its mouth-watering, firm acidity meshes with the steely/mineral character and rich texture, making it a natural with shellfish.

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SKU: ALCFV16D

A refreshing, dry white with citrus lemon/lime notes, flinty minerality, and crisp finish. In the mouth the wine is rich and textural, from the time spent on lees in the barrel. This is a great match with shellfish of any kind, or richer white meats such as turkey or duck.

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SKU: PPGR16D
 

A deep red with aromas and flavors of plums and dried roses. Balance between the richness, the bright acidity, and moderated tannins, make this wine an all around food wine.

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SKU: NECPP12D

This vineyard has hit its stride producing marvelous Chardonnays year after year. On the palate, classic Chardonnay flavors of apple, citrus and vanilla go on and on. Serve with shellfish, Cornish game hen, or alfredo pasta with lobster.

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SKU: CHRHV14D
 

Bright, focused and beautifully delineated. A layered wine of intense aromatics, precision and focus that exudes energy from start to finish. The 2014 is striking. It's as simple as that. Named after Jim Clendenen's son. Score: 94 points Antonio Galloni's Vinous; 90 points Robert Parker.

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SKU: PNKX14Y

The Westall Vineyard is another new vineyard that we having been using for a few years. In 2015 we made a limited number of cases that will first be offered to the tasting room and wine club members. It is lovely. This is a mid-weight Pinot with a fresh berry/cranberrry quality and subtle earthy tones.

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SKU: PNWE15D
 

Lala Panzi Ranch organically farms five acres of vines dedicated to Pinot Noir. The extraordinary fruit is sorted vigorously in
the vineyard, and by fermenting slowly, we extracted pretty Pinot flavors. Along with the berry/cranberry fruit character, this
lovely wine shows the whole spice cabinet in aromas and flavors. You will find Chinese five spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom,
followed with a balanced vanillin note from new French Oak barrels.

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SKU: PLALA13D

This is again a rich, deep Pinot of substance. Cola and boysenberry aromas are evident and joined by mouth-filling flavors of plum and bitter chocolate on the palate.

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SKU: PLAHV15D
 

This wine is as natural a product of its Russian River Valley heritage as is possible, both from the vineyard, and in the cellar. The wonderful berry and earth/spice character is mouth-filling.

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SKU: PNBM12Y

The citrus/apple notes in the aromas mesh nicely with the stone fruit and tropical flavors. The fruit notes in the aromas and flavors will evolve into more spices and nuts.

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SKU: CHCFP15D