2015 Pinot Noir 35th Anniversary
Au Bon Climat winery started making wine from Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir in 1982. This was well before the recognition of this area as a perfect location to grow Pinot Noir. Over the next 35 years, vineyards got better, Au Bon Climat grew and moved the winery site to Bien Nacido Vineyard, and Block 11 was planted at Bien Nacido. Block 11 is a hillside block with a south west exposure. This orientation gives the grapes a chance to slowly and fully ripen. In 2015 the Pinot clone 667 from this block was kept separate and aged in all new French Oak for more than two years to create a wine of character and depth. As with all of Jim Clendenen’s anniversary wines this one can’t be missed.