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Au Bon Climat Knox Alexander Pinot Noir 2013

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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3.7 22 Ratings
750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Bright, focused and beautifully delineated. A wine of precision and focus that exudes energy from start to finish. The 2013 is striking. It's as simple as that. Named after Jim Clendenen's son.

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WE 96
Wine Enthusiast
The condensed pomegranate aroma on the nose of this bottling from Jim Clendenen is beautifully spiced with star anise, tobacco leaf, dried ginger and cinnamon. The palate shows chai and Indian spice— accents to the cranberry fruit that rides a fine line between ripe and tart. Although light in body, the tannic structure is firm enough to cellar for decades. Drink now–2033. Cellar Selection.
WW 95
Wilfred Wong of
A powerful effort, the 2013 Au Bon Climat Estate Bottled Knox Alexander Pinot Noir covers all of the bases. This wine is rich without being overpowering. Perhaps one of the best effort from the Santa Maria Valley. Its flavors of red and blue fruits show a beautiful richness that stays long and lasting on the palate. Pairs well with grilled lamb shanks. (Tasted: May 24, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Similar in style, the 2013 Pinot Noir Knox Alexander has lots of sour cherry, forest floor, spice and underbrush notes in its Burgundian, supple, silky and polished personality. Its fine tannin, no hard edges and great finish all suggest it will evolve for a decade.
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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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