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Au Bon Climat Knox Alexander Pinot Noir 2014

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Winemaker Notes

With the arrival of Jim's son, Knox Alexander, it became necessary to create another distinctive Pinot Noir bottling to honor him in 1998. The criteria this time was purely vineyard oriented. Jim Clendenen would select each year the best performing vineyard sections among the 58 acres of estate Pinot fruit he has planted since 1994. It would be a combination, half-and-half, of the best expression of the new Dijon clone plantings, and the best annual traditional California selections. This wine is bright, focused and beautifully delineated. A wine of precision and focus that exudes energy from start to finish.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Taking a wild ride from the aromas and flavors associated with this grape variety, the active and bright 2014 Au Bon Climat Knox Alexander is a Pinot Noir for wine lovers who enjoy more than just oak and ripe fruit. The wine's lively flavors pair it beautifully with roast chicken over a bed of zesty greens. (Tasted: November 17, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Knox Alexander conjures notions of red currants, Bing cherries and violets with touches of mossy bark, wild thyme and tilled soil. Medium-bodied, with a pleasant chew to the texture, the subtle flavors offer lovely purity and an appealing herbal lift on the finish.
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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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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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