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Au Bon Climat Knox Alexander Pinot Noir 2011

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine, named after Jim Clendenen's son Knox Alexander, represents only the finest lots of Pinot Noir from Le Bon Climat or Bien Nacido Vineyards. These two vineyards, separated by the Sisquoc River, produce really distinctive Pinot Noir. Both vineyards struggle to yield much most years, but the small amount that is harvested is of amazing quality. The wine has a firm structure with undulating richness that become more prominent as it ages.

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W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
This is a supple pinot noir - mostly from hillside blocks at Bien Nacido - with plump curves of red fruit held against savory tobacco tones, carrying its bright acidity into a long, gentle, umami-laden finish. Decant it for braised duck.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
All three of the Pinot Noirs were outstanding, and have classic, slightly Burgundian profiles, with notable structure and bright acidity. First, the 2011 Pinot Noir Knox Alexander is a beautiful Pinot Noir that has a clean, layered and classic feel. Possessing plenty of black cherry, rose petal, sappy flowers and earthy nuances, enjoy this medium-bodied, refined and elegant effort over the coming 5-7 years.
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Au Bon Climat, California
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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.

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A lesser-known but elite AVA within the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley AVA runs precisely west to east starting near the coast. The valley funnels cool, Pacific Ocean air to the vineyards more inland, allowing grapes a longer hang time to ripen evenly and achieve their full potential by harvest time. Combined with minimal rainfall, consistent warm sunshine, and well-drained soils, it is an ideal environment for grape growing.

Many of the wineries here are small and highly respected, having established a reputation in the 1970s and 80s for producing excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. More recently, Syrah has also proven quite successful in the region. Many vineyards are owned by growers who sell their grapes to other wineries, so it is common to see the same vineyard name on bottlings from different wineries. Bien Nacido Vineyard is perhaps the best-known and most prestigious.

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