Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from California
This wine is just easy to drink. Whether with fresh grilled salmon or left-over roast chicken or just in a glass by itself, the pretty plum and spring strawberry flavors of ABC SB Pinot are simply delicious. There is nothing pretentious here, just well balanced, nicely textured, brightly fruity wine that seems to go with everything.
Wine & Spirits - "Vibrant and heady, this wine's full-throttle flavors of juicy red fruit and red-apple skin have plenty of complex spice. It’s not powerfully structured, but it is mouthwatering, the kind of bottle that two people can open and easily finish. For roast quail."
Au Bon Climat Winery
Au Bon Climat was created to produce high quality handcrafted wine from the traditional Burgundian varietals. They are one of the few California wineries to explore the gamut of these varieties: Aligote, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery is located within the Bien Nacido Vineyard, the source of the majority of their fruit. View all Au Bon Climat Wines
About Other CaliforniaView a map of Other California wineries
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few. Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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20 ratings, 6 with reviews31/25/2011I bought this wine initially because it was marketed as a Thanksgiving wine, good to pair with anything. I agree. It's light and super easy to drink. My Thanksgiving guests really liked it, but it was a little too light for my preference. However, I bought it again to serve at another dinner since it won't offend any palates which makes it good for entertaining. PS Plus have you seen the picture of the winemaker on the learn about: au bon climat page? Awesome.Robert Duffy - Sparta, NC412/25/2010Very enjoyable, definitely buy again.Abcd - Washington, DC31/15/2011310/30/2012Craig Burns - West Chester, PA22/9/2011Healliam - Las Vegas, NV51/30/2012310/4/2011
Middle of the road wine. Nothing spectacular about it... fine for drinking, but I saw nothing of memory, and wife was underwhelmed by it.38/18/2011Scott N - Lowell, MI35/18/2011needs to breath longer than one thinksSylvain Drolet - Hollywood, FL57/19/2011ponza tony - Branford, CT16/7/201155/31/2011
- Light & Fruity
dcvessey - Colorado Springs, CO45/8/201144/9/2011
- Light & Fruity
Light and easy. Good flavor and not too fruity. I wouldn't hesitate to pair this red with fish or poultryhypemnd - Dallas, TX24/7/2011hypemnd - Dallas, TX14/7/2011wineloverTX - Lewisville, TX44/4/2011Texmex627 - Irving, TX411/19/2010Reminds me of an Oregon Pinot Noir
- Light & Fruity
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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