2012 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc

SKU #1157078 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Pungent pear skin and melon scents are lifted by notes of ginger and white pepper. Juicy and precise, offering dusty orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a touch of bitter quinine. Fleshier on the clinging finish, featuring smooth elements of honeydew and poached pear plus a touch of lemon curd.  (11/ 2013)

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By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/16/2014  | Send Email
This 75% Pinot Gris/ 25% Pinot Blanc has great floral and peach characteristics, with great mid palate weight, fresh stone fruit, and medium acidity. Another solid, refreshing white blend from ABC!

By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/26/2014  | Send Email
I had the pleasure to visit this winery as they celebrate their 31st anniversary! These people really know what they are doing! This 75% Pinot Gris 25% Pinot Blanc blend kick start the tasting for us that day. Crisp, clean, very elegant with fresh white peach notes, layered with honey and waxy notes. On the palate it shows great balance of fruit and acidity, a perfect white wine to start a meal with!

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Varietal:

Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.
Country:

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.
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California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Sants Inez 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