Au Bon Climat Rincon Talley Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
Au Bon Climat Rincon Talley Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label

Au Bon Climat Rincon Talley Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Talley Pinot, grown in the Arroyo Grande Valley of southern San Luis Obispo County, is typically the first Pinot Noir we harvest each year. The quality of Talley Vineyards Pinot was evident from the very first harvest in 1991 and remains one of our best vineyard sources. The 2010 release is our 19th vintage. These grapes are hand-harvested in the early morning so the grapes arrive at our winery cold. The first signs of an active fermentation were seen after a three day cold soak. Fermentation took 10 days to reach dryness, during which the must was punched down twice a day by hand. The wine was barreled down to all new François Freres barrels, after pressing and a short settling, and aged for 18 months. We did a light egg white fining to "soften" the obvious tannins typically seen in Pinot grown at Talley Vineyards.

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
The quality of this wine is as high as you’d expect, given the ABC production and vineyard sourcing. Not many winemakers are able to source fruit from a Talley vineyard, but Jim Clendenen can. Beyond the raspberry, pomegranate and cola fruit flavors, what’s notable about the is the acidity. It is strong and searing, and strongly suggests pairing with something rich, like lamb. Editors' Choice.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Looking at the reds, and a beautifully done, Burgundian-like effort, the 2010 Pinot Noir Talley Vineyard Rincon (aged 18 months in all new French oak) has bright black cherry, red currant, underbrush, hints of herbs and a crushed stone-like minerality all emerging from the glass. Classy, rich and pure on the palate, with thrilling purity and focus, building tannin and a great finish, this serious Pinot should be given 2-3 years of bottle age and then followed through 2022. Drink 2015-2022.
Rating: 93+
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Offering a mix of mature plum, rhubarb, anise, fresh-turned earth and subtle black licorice notes, this is deceptively complex and layered, gliding along on the finish. Drink now through 2021.
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In 1982, Clendenen decided, along with Adam Tolmach, to start a winery dedicated to Burgundian varietals in leased quarters. Adam left in 1990 to pursue his own efforts leaving Jim solo at the helm. Through careful re-investment from its own production, Au Bon Climat (which means "a well exposed vineyard") has grown to over 50,000 cases annually.

Au Bon Climat sources fruit from several of the most highly regarded vineyards in the Central Coast. These include Clendenen’s own Le Bon Climat Vineyard and estate plantings at the legendary Bien Nacido Vineyard – both in Santa Maria Valley, along with Sanford & Benedict Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills, Los Alamos Vineyard (Santa Barbara County), and San Luis Obispo County's Talley Vineyard.

The winery has cultivated an international reputation for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. Jim Clendenen, the “Mind Behind” Au Bon Climat, is recognized worldwide for his classically styled wines. In addition to his Burgundian-focused Au Bon Climat wines, Jim also established another brand, Clendenen Family Vineyards. This project of passion allows him to make artisan, small lots of distinctive wines from a wider spectrum of varieties in styles conducive to small lots. He has received high acclaim for Italian varietals particularly his Nebbiolo that has a five year aging regimen in barrel.

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

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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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