Au Bon Climat In The News
Jim Clendenen and Tommy Powers Video
Tom explains the conception of
gastrotommy, what the show will be about, and why he chose Au Bon Climat
and Qupe for their first episodes.
Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist Discuss
with Tommy the unique characteristics of their professional
partnership. This segment gives keen insight to the advantages of
sharing a production facility.
Behind the Scenes: Barrel Room Discussion at Au Bon
Climat. Jim discusses the importance of barrels, the role they
play in his wines and the finest cooper in the world Francois Freres.
Behind the Scenes: When We Met....Jim and
Tom discuss how and when they met in 1994 that restaurant had
because of the esteemed Michael Kornick.
Finessed and Light: California Pinot Noirs With a
"...But on a recent trip through these leading pinot noir areas I was
thrilled to find a small but growing number of producers pulling in the
Instead of power, they strive for finesse. Instead of a rich,
mouth-coating impression of sweetness, they seek a dry vitality meant to
whet the appetite rather than squelch it. Instead of weight, they prize
lightness and an almost transparent intensity."
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by Eric Asimov - New York Times, March 11, 2009
A New Breed in California Pinot Noir (Interactive)
"The dominant style of Pinot Noir is ripe and extravagant with high
alcohol levels. Eric Asimov recently went in search of winemakers who
are producing a new breed of Pinot Noir..."
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New York Times Interactive Feature - March 9, 2009
Best Wines $20 and Under
Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County
"This label had long been star winemaker Jim Clenedenen's entry-level
Pinot Noir, and his 2005 is likely to be the best yet -- an elegant,
medium-bodied, European-style wine...."
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Food & Wine Magazine - October 2007 Issue
When life dealt them grapes, they made wine
Imagine marrying a famous Central Coast winemaker, and when you meet
your extended family, it includes not only your spouse's parents and
siblings, but his winery partner....
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By Patrick Comiskey - Special to The Los Angeles Times
Bay Wolf Marks 30 Years of Cooking and Giving Back
Jim and Morgan joined owner, Michael Wolf, and others to celebrate.
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MSNBC "Today" Features Bricco Buon Natale Barbera
"...lush fruit and an almost unbelievable price..."
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Wine and Spirits
Magazine Recognizes ABC's Jim Clendenen as
one of its "50 Most Winemakers". In
its Fall 2004 issue, this noted wine periodical was kind enough
to award this distinction to both of the lead winemakers at the
Au Bon Climat/Qupe facility -- ABC's Jim Clendenen and Qupe's Bob
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Clendenen, owner and winemaker of ABC "sibling winery"
Cold Heaven Cellars, has launched the Cold Heaven website,
located at www.coldheavencellars.com.
Viognier lovers should be sure to visit the site, shop online for
Viognier that has been called "the best in California",
and join the Cold Heaven Cellars Wine Club.
For more information,
visit the site at www.coldheavencellars.com.
Bon Climat owner and winemaker Jim Clendenen has been named "Wine
Grower of the Year" by Wein Gourmet, Germany's leading
wine magazine. Jim attended the wine world's equivalent of the "Oscars”
on February 28th, 2004 at Schloss Bensberg in Bergisch Gladbach
(near Cologne) in Germany. Jim is proud to have been the only nominee
selected from the New World wine regions (North & South America,
Australia, and New Zealand), and prouder still to have received
this recognition from one of Europe's leading wine publications.
Wine Spectator's James Laube awarded Au Bon Climat
2001 Nuits-Blanches "Harmony" Chardonnay 91 points in his
January 22, 2004 Weekly Update, noting that the Nuits-Blanches has
a "plump, rich, creamy-textured style, with spicy vanilla, tangerine,
nectarine and hints of pear. It holds a tight focus on the ripe
fruit, offering complexity and concentration." Click
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awarded the Au Bon Climat 2001 Pinot Noir Knox Alexander 90 points
in his January/February 2004 International Wine Cellar
report, commenting that the Knox has "Delicate aromas of cherry,
rose petal and shiso. Sappy, dense and generous in the mouth, with
enticing flavors of raspberry and spices...Long, building finish
features smooth tannins and lovely aromatic character.
The Wine Spectator
awarded the 2001 Hildegard 92 points, with tasting notes
stating that the Hildegard is "Opulent and creamy-textured,
this Pinot Gris blend shows how much complexity and finesse this
grape can deliver when picked ripe and handled with care. Showing
off hints of nutmeg, anise, pear and apple, it’s rich and
polished, with a seamless aftertaste."
Au Bon Climat's
2000 Hildegard, the "Chardonnay Alternative", was
featured as Forbes' Wine
of the Week on January 19th, 2004.
Parker had some positive comments about the 2000 Hildegard when
he awarded it 91 points (Wine Advocate, October
2003): "A brilliant effort, Jim Clendenen’s Hildegard is a proprietary
blend of 55% Pinot Gris, 40% Pinot Blanc, and 5% Aligote. Citrus
oils, honey, and mineral characteristics jump from the glass of
this light straw/greenish-colored 2000. In the mouth, lemon butter,
minerals, and loads of white fruits are added to the mix. With medium
body as well as terrific balance, purity, and length, it will provide
immense pleasure over the next 2-3 years."