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.
Great vintage! Named after an Empress, this exquisite blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Aligote is barrel fermented and aged in all new French oak. Mouth-coating richness with lovely vanillin and hazelnuts nuances. It is the league with our best Chardonnays. Score: 94 points Wine Enthusiast; Score: 91 points Antonio Galloni's Vinous; Score: 90 points Robert Parker.
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.
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.
A Chardonnay of balance, structure and refinement. Along with the Talley signature minerality, the aroma shows lemony/limey, clove and nutmeg notes. The energy and freshness are obvious, the subtle flavors of anise and citrus are less obvious. 91 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Beautifully constructed. Fresh pear and white peach scents are sharpened by notes of lemon pith and chalky minerality. Juicy, tightly wound orchard fruit flavors start off with a refreshingly bitter quality and pick up weight and sweetness with air. Score: 92 points - Vinous.
A combination of a rich, viscous texture with slight tropical fruit flavors backed by gentle toasty oak, make this Chardonnay a knock out. 90 points The Wine Spectator.
How often do you get a chance to enjoy a well aged Chardonnay of this quality - and in magnum? Rich, concentrated fruit entry, creamy texture, leesy complexity, and focused finish. Barrel fermented in 60% new French, François Freres, oak The wine went through 100% malo-lactic fermentation, and was bottled unfiltered. It has lovely marzipan, oat, cream, pear, and toasted notes with freshness and fabulous, creamy texture. Available at tasting room only.
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A wine of balance and restraint with underlying power. The signature flinty soil character is evident accenting the citrusy flavors and aromas.