This 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. For older vintages, see menu.
Grown in Clendenen’s certified organic, home vineyard planted in 1998, the 2012 Chardonnay is another shining example of the quality Le Bon Climat Vineyard produces. This is wine is a powerhouse.
Cool climate Viognier is hard to find in California. Le Bon Climat is truly cool climate, located on the edge of the Santa Maria Valley, providing ideal conditions for this varietal. The 2015 offers restrained melon, pear and honeysuckle notes along with excellent structure and balanced acidity. The viscosity is rich but understated.
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.
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.
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.
A big, rich, balanced Chardonnay with intriguing aromas of apricots, pear, honey, butter, hazelnuts, and spices. Rich and intense on the palate, with gorgeous depth. Score: 94 points Robert Parker; Score: 93 points Antonio Galloni's Vinous; 93 points Wine Enthusiast.
Beautifully perfumed, with notes of sweet cherries, underbrush, cured meats and dried flowers. It is a medium-bodied wine, silky and polished on the palate, with a fabulous texture. Should drink well for a decade or more. Score: 92 points Vinous.
Our "reserve" Viognier is a luscious, viscous dry white. Subtle aromas of pear, stone fruit and honeydew melon are joined by white peach and tangerine blossom on the palate.
Beautifully perfumed, with notes of sweet cherries, underbrush, cured meats and dried flowers. It is a medium-bodied wine, silky and polished on the palate, with a fabulous texture. Should drink well for a decade or more. Score 96 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine; Score 92 points Robert Parker; 93 points Antonio Galloni Vinous.
Clean and crisp, the wine shows a combination of melon, pear and dried herbs with some smokiness from the barrel fermentation after the wine opens up.