While most Au Bon Climat Pinots are vineyard specific, Isabelle is created by masterful blending in the cellar of the best barrels from those specific sites (Bien Nacido, Sanford & Benedict, Talley Rincon, Mt. Carmel...the proportions are a very proprietary secret). The result is a wine of incredible depth, complexity, and focus- very serious Pinot.
"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."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"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."
The Wine Advocate