A classic Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir from a great Pinot year, it is a wine of great aromatics and character showing cherry/cranberry fruit, rose petal, earth and spice. The key word is balance. Score: 93 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Pinot Noir. Single Clone #115.Located next to Los Alamos Vineyard, Rancho La Cuna is an bucolic oasis of olive trees, heritage gardens and a five acre vineyard planted to Pinot Noir, Viognier, and Syrah that Jim Clendenen owns. Production is low and the wines produced seldom reach the shelves before they are gone. This is a beautiful, well stated Pinot of elegance and balance.
Only 83 cases produced! To represent our 35th anniversary, it has to be great! We isolated Pinot clone 667 from our heralded Block 11 in Bien Nacido Vineyard to create this celebratory offering. A wine of character and depth.
Named after Jim Clendenen's daughter. This wine is a CELLAR SELECTION of the best barrels of single vineyard of Pinot Noirs in the Au Bon Climat cellar from that particular vintage. Our premiere Pinot is dark, rich, luscious. 91 points Stephan Tanzer.
Great value! Even though the wine is on the young side, the wine is complex suggesting dried cherries, blackberries with a touch of Santa Maria brush. Surprisingly rich in the mouth.
The Westall Vineyard is another new vineyard that we having been using for a few years. In 2014 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.
Part of our elite "Blue Series", Isabelle is comprised of only the best cuvees each vintage. Consequently, it is consistently our top performing Pinot Noir year to year. Dark, rich, and layered, this regal wine is remarkable now, but will be even more integrated and complex in time. Score: 93 points Antonio Galloni's Vinous; 92+ points Robert Parker; 91 points Wine Spectator.
Another gorgeous Pinot from ABC. 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; Score: 90 points Robert Parker.
Wonderfully aromatic and lively but deeply flavored with spicy cherry/raspberry fruit, dried herbs and dusty, earthy notes. A Pinot of power, elegance, and beauty, but most of all, balance. 92 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 90 points Robert Parker, 90 points The Wine Spectator.
This vineyard provides amazing fruit, richness and depth! Aromas of cherry, underbrush, spice and dried rose petal carry through to a full palate and lingering finish. Scored 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. 250 cases produced.