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Au Bon Climat

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Pinot Noir
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2019 Pinot Noir Kick-On Vineyard

Santa Barbara County

The wine has a beautiful deep garnet color and shows aromas of spice and earth that transition nicely to berries of all sorts. 18 months barrel age in Francois Freres oak, 33% new, increases the wine's depth, texture, and interest. 

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Au Bon Climat has been buying Pinot Noir grapes from the Kick-On Vineyard for over 20 years. The vineyard is in the Los Alamos Valley, which is in northern Santa Barbara County. It is situated between two notable AVAs: the very cool Santa Maria Valley to the north and the slightly warmer Santa Ynez Valley to the south. The region has the best characteristics of both showing layered flavors along with depth from fully ripened grapes. While not getting the notoriety of the neighboring AVAs, this is prime vineyard land. Los Alamos has a few large vineyards controlled by big wineries or big vineyard companies.  These “insiders” saw the potential of the Los Alamos Valley years ago. 

We harvested the Pinot Noir from Kick-On Vineyard in the middle of September, which is as close to normal as we get. The grapes had slowly and fully ripened. Three clones are planted in our “special” section of Kick-On: 115, 777 and 23.  We have figured out that the 115 and 777 perform the best for a single vineyard wine. Our 2019 Kick-On Pinot Noir is a 50/50 blend of clones 115 and 777.

The first vintages from Au Bon Climat winery were all from grapes grown in the Los Alamos Valley. That was only 40 years ago. The improvements in farming and winery equipment have changed the flavor and aromatic profiles of wines made from Los Alamos grapes. These improvements and with a strong vintage yielded a delicious wine worthy of our first single vineyard Kick-On wine. The fruit is slightly more intense and muscular than Santa Maria Valley fruit, but still shows pretty cranberry, Oriental spice, and earth nuances.

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