Au Bon Climat Wines
notes from the winery:
2019 Pinot Gris/Pinot BlancSanta Maria Valley
A refreshing, dry, blended white with citrus lemon/lime notes, flinty minerality, and crisp finish. It is richer than most light whites, yet so easy drinking! Great summer sippin' or match with shellfish, roast chicken, turkey or duck.
Au Bon Climat is a Burgundy-centric winery, meaning if the grapes aren’t grown in Burgundy, then Au Bon Climat doesn’t make that type of wine. Wineries in Burgundy are limited to Aligoté, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay for white wines. Starting in 1990 Au Bon Climat made Pinot Blanc from old vines planted at Bien Nacido. Pinot Gris was planted at Bien Nacido, after experimental planting showed favorable results, in 1994. Our first Pinot Gris, the 1995 vintage was made from these small experimental plantings.
Most of the Pinot Gris in the 2019 Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc is from Sierra Madre Vineyard. Sierra Madre Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley. The long history of Sierra Madre started in the early 1970s and has changed hands 5 times since in the last 40 years. Mondavi owned the vineyard for five years in late 1990s. Mondavi had capital to invest, since they had just gone public, Sierra Madre vineyard benefitted greatly from the few years of Mondavi ownership and investment in the vineyard. Known for the varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay there are only 12 acres of Pinot Gris at Sierra Madre.
All the Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc are harvested by hand, whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented. Upon completion of sugar and malo-lactic fermentations, the wine is sulfured and rests surlees until the late summer. After racking and processing, the wine was returned to barrel spending a total 6 months in the barrel before bottling. Early bottle whites usually require a light filtration.
2018 Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County
Great value! Miles above other Pinots in the same price category, this wine is a particularly wonderful vintage. It is deeply colored with aromas and flavors of strawberries and raspberries joined by anise and clove in mouth filling intensity.
Au Bon Climat has been making Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County grapes since 1982, 23 years before Sideways. In the 1980s and 90s the product mix was at Au Bon Climat was 75% to 80% Chardonnay to 20% to 25% Pinot Noir. Chardonnay was king and people had not discovered the joys of Pinot Noir. All this began to change in the late 90s and now Au Bon Climat makes an equal amount of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Strawberries and blackberries aromas slowly rise out of the glass. Overtime, more of the anise and clove will mix with these other aromas. Currently, the wine is young with mouth filling intensity and suppleness. Complexity will increase as the wine ages, but this wine should stay “fresh” for 6 or 7 years.
Like all Au Bon Climat wines, this is a food wine. In its youth, match this wine with lamb or dried meats. After a few years, as the flavors coalesce, it will pair better with salmon or mild red sauce with pasta. We have enjoyed this wine with many food choices from spicy Indian dishes to all-American sandwiches, and the wine worked well with most anything. The possible food pairings are almost endless.
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Delivery is free within the Columbus, Ohio metro area with a minumum order of $50. We do deliveries Monday through Saturday, and will contact you with specifics after you order. We will text you shortly before we arrive with your delivery. ID showing age 21 or older will be checked at time of delivery.
IN-STORE PICK-UP INFO
Wine boxes ordered online by 2pm Monday through Saturday will be available for same-day pick-up by 5pm. Boxes ordered after 2pm will be available the following pick-up day by 5pm.