2007 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir

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Quite possibly our favorite Pinot under $20. This is not a thick syrupy version of Pinot, but if you're a fan of balanced and delicate (and delicious) Pinot Noir we highly recommend grabbing a bottle. It comes from one of the top pinot producers on the Central Coast. Jim Clendenen makes great wine vintage after vintage, using exceptional fruit even in this entry-level beauty. Easy to drink with strawberry and plum notes, good texture, acidity and fruit. Good pinot for $20? Believe it. The Wine Spectator writes: "Floral, perfumed and peppery berry aromas are medium-weight, delicate and easy-drinking..." (09/09)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/16/2009 | Send Email
Given the rise in prices for Pinot Noir grapes over the past few years, it has become virtually impossible to find a great wine for under $20. Look no further. This 2007 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir has everything you could want. Tangy red fruits and spice - raspberry, cranberry, and cinnamon. Lovely character and length. A perfect companion for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/29/2009 | Send Email
This is for lovers of elegant, finesse style Pinots and there is plenty of it available. Medium bodied with complex red and blue fruit flavors, lovely texture and fresh acidity, this is a great drink for under 20 bucks.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/29/2009 | Send Email
How Exciting! Finally a California Pinot Noir beautifully balanced and made in a Burgundian style! Not overly excracted and overripe, but rather feminine, spicy, with a touch of earthy floral notes as well. Vibrant fresh fruit on the nose, medium bodies and silky smooth with subtle tannins on the finish. My absolute FAVORITE Central Coast pinot for a price thats more than affordable!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2008 | Send Email
Southern California Pinots and I rarely get along, they are usually a bit overripe and too pumped up with Syrah for my delicate, Champagne-loving palate, but as usual ABC has made a wine that is the exception rather than the rule. Like the great BV "Burgundy" of years past, this Pinot is blended with Monduese (24&) - a relatively obscure Rhone varietal. This has quite the opposite effect of the more common "secret" blending partner of Pinot, Syrah, and makes for a quite elegant, understated partner. The wine is translucent and raspberry colored, with a spicy, wild, natural and even a touch savory pinot nose. It has great balance on the palate and a nice medium bodied texture. At 13.5% alcohol, I promise it will go with dinner- no fire extinguisher needed! This is California Pinot Noir to be excited about, and it does not break the bank.
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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5