2010 Au Bon Climat "Isabelle" Pinot Noir
Another striking wine, the 2010 Pinot Noir Isabelle bursts from the glass with serious depth. The aromas and flavors are a bit on the darker side of the spectrum in the 2010. Black cherries, licorice and sweet spices all blossom as this large-scaled, voluptuous wine opens up over time. This is one of the more overt Pinots I have tasted from Jim Clendenen in a while, but all the elements are in the right place. Drinking window: 2014 - 2020 These are some of the most impressive and beautiful wines I have tasted from Jim Clendenen in some time. The 2010 Pinots in particular are stand outs.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Just drop-dead gorgeous, the 2010 Pinot Noir Isabelle is a blend of the top barrels. Perfumed, elegant and red fruit-driven, with sweet red cherries, spice box, new leather and underbrush all showing in the bouquet, it is medium-bodied, concentrated and elegant, with a seamless texture and juicy acidity. Count me a fan. This knockout Pinot will have 10-12 years or more of prime drinking. Drink now-2022.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Cherry-cola and black raspberry on the intensely perfumed nose. Sexy floral and mineral qualities gain power with air and carry onto the palate, which displays potent bitter cherry and dark berry preserve flavors. Finishes impressively pure and supple, with the floral note repeating and silky tannins adding shape.
Au Bon Climat's 'Isabelle' cuvee is a blend of the best barrels from the vineyards used for their vineyard-designated wines, including Bien Nacido, Sanford & Benedict, Talley Rincon, and Mt. Carmel. The exact proportions vary each release, based entirely on what is best given the nature of the vintage. We love this wine because it reflects the story of the vintage while capturing the unique characteristics of the distinct vineyards in a manner that elegant and seamless, a testament Jim Clendenen's masterful blending skills. This is serious Pinot: complex, layered, and deep.