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2016 Au Bon Climat "Isabelle" California Pinot Noir

SKU #1459388 96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Pinot Noir Isabelle is essentially a barrel selection from Au Bon Climat. Racy, perfumed and beautifully layered, the 2016 caresses the palate with stunning depth. Orange peel, tobacco, blood orange, spice, star anise and new oak add shades of exoticism throughout. A wine of exquisite beauty, the Isabelle is flat-out stunning in 2016. It got only a modest amount of stems (15%) and was aged in 100% new oak. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Pinot Noir Isabelle comes mostly from the Bien Nacido Vineyard yet is from six different sites spread throughout California. Cherry pits, spicy oak, white flowers, and hints of earth and forest floor all emerge from the glass. It's still tight and reserved on the palate, yet has good tension, vibrancy, and purity as well as fine tannins. This beautiful, elegant wine will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and should drink brilliantly over the following 15 years or more. 94+ Inner quote mark (10/2019)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Offers a crystalline structure, with powerful flavors of dried cherry and raspberry tart, backed by crunchy acidity. Intense minerality emerges mid-palate, leading to a finish filled with baking spice notes and hints of cream. Drink now through 2024. (KM, Web Only-2020) Inner quote mark

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The pale to medium ruby colored 2016 Pinot Noir Isabelle gives up very spicy aromas of dried cranberry, dried red cherries, amaro and citrus peel with old leather, dusty earth, woodsmoke, cola and wild blackberries. It's light to medium-bodied with intense, earthy fruits, a firm frame of grainy tannins and integrated freshness, finishing long. (EB) Inner quote mark (9/2019)


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