2018 Pinot Noir 30 Years in the Shed
2018 Pinot Noir 30 Years in the Shed
with Bob at Bien Nacido
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Official title: "30 Years in the Shed with Bob at Bien Nacido"

In 2008 Au Bon Climat made a special Pinot Noir from Block 11 at Bien Nacido Vineyard. After many tasting and blending trials, we determined that we would not blend this wine, and thus 2008 “20 Years In the Shed with Bob” was created. After some bottle age the 2008 soon sold out. Ten years later, once again we had some special Pinot barrels that we could not blend, so we made “30 Years in the Shed with Bob”.

The wine commemorates the 30 years veteran winemakers Bob Lindquist and Jim Clendenen have been making wine in their “shed” in Santa Maria.  The shed is a first-class winery without any beautification.  We spend our time making wine and very little on dressing up the facility, and it shows.  It is a clean metal warehouse, not a Napa Chateau.

The 2018 Pinot Noir “30 Years in the Shed with Bob”, is all clone 667 from the esteemed Block 11 at Bien Nacido Vineyard. All of Block 11 grapes are grown for Au Bon Climat, and 667 has always performed very well at this site. We wait to pick until we get some stem lignification, which usually happens between 23 and 24 brix.  The stems lignify and start to turn brown, so they contain less chlorophyll, which has bitter flavors. Wines with whole cluster usually need a few years to come around in the bottle especially when 100 % of the clusters are included in the fermentation.  This wine was aged for 20 months in distinctive 350 liter Francois Freres barrels, the perfect barrels for long term aging of Pinot Noir. 

After 2 years of bottle age the green tannin aspect of the stems has diminished some and is in harmony with the barrel and fruit components of this wine.

Jeb Dunnuck

Score: 95    The 2018 Pinot Noir 30 Years in the Shed with Bob at Bien Nacido Vineyards comes all from the Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 11 (clone 667). Wonderfully complete, it offers a gorgeous bouquet of red and black fruits, spiced herbs, forest floor, and flowers. Medium-bodied on the palate, it shows the round, supple, expansive style of the 2018 vintage, has ripe tannins, and beautiful overall balance. It's very much in the style of this estate yet still brings ample fruit and depth.

Antonio Galloni's Vinous

Score: 94  The 2018 Pinot Noir 30 Years In the Shed with Bob at Bien Nacido is a rich, ample wine with striking aromatic presence and plenty of depth to match. Exotic and brash yet also charming, the 2018 encapsulates Jim Clendenen's personality to a T. All it needs is time to come together. Readers should be in no rush here. The 2018 is 667 Clone Pinot from Bien Nacido Block 11, done with 100% stems.

Wine Specs
Red Blend
Santa Barbara County
Vineyard Designation
Bien Nacido Historic Vineyard
Alcohol %
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