Library Wines- Au Bon Climat
Since Jim Clendenen's first vintage in 1982, the wines of Au Bon Climat have been the beacon of character, balance and restraint. No high alcohols or overblown fruit. Consequently, the wines age beautifully bringing a different expression to an already classy wine. Jim had the foresight to hold back his wines for future enjoyment. And now these extremely rare wines are available for those that know the difference patience brings. Need a specific vintage? Contact us. The library is expansive but we monitor their availability directly from the winery.
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.
A rich, meaty Pinot with deep color. Cola and boysenberry aromas are evident and joined by mouth-filling flavors of plum and bitter chocolate on the palate. Score: 91 points Antonio Galloni's Vinous.
The flavor profile for this well structured Chardonnay is in the subtle pear and apple realm with accents of lavender and anise from the time in barrel. There are citrusy notes of lemon and orange along with a minerality. Additional flavors and aromas will emerge over time.
This wine is rich with a concentrated fruit entry, creamy texture, leesy complexity. It has lovely marzipan, oat, cream, pear, and toasted notes with freshness and fabulous, luscious texture. 93 points Wine & Spirits Magazine; 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
This is the richest of the Au Bon Climat Chardonnays. The 25th Anniversary has a subtle but regal charm with balanced fruit, acid and texture.
This is the richest of the Au Bon Climat Chardonnays. The 20th Anniversary has a subtle but regal charm with balanced fruit, acid and texture.
A wine that will blow the socks off everyone! Every once in a while nature provides the substance for a truly remarkable wine. "Larmes de Grappe," or "Tears of the Whole Cluster," is one such wine. Amazing, Unbelievable, Mind-boggling and even “the best ever” were a few of the descriptions of the 2005 Pinot Noir harvest in Santa Barbara County. It produced this once-in-a-blue moon, extremely dense, rich, luscious berry and dark chocolate Pinot.
From one of our best vineyard sources, this fleshy yet structured wine has a dark fruit character, such as plums and cherries along with the signature spice this location provides.
From a very special section of the famed Talley Vineyard. This well structured Pinot shows berry/cranberry notes and dusty, earthy spice charactertistic of the vineyard. The finish is elegant if not ethereal.
Brian Talley and Jim Clendenen selected a discreet 1.2-acre block that contains some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines on the Talley property as the ABC section. The resulting wine shows a beautiful plum, cherry and spice character in well structured frame.