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Au Bon Climat "Isabelle" Pinot Noir 2013 Red Wine

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Au Bon Climat "Isabelle" Pinot Noir 2013

Central Coast, Russian River, and Anderson Valley, CA

95 pts. Wine Enthusiast!

92 pts. Vinous:

 "The 2013 Pinot Noir Isabelle is one of the richer, deeper wines in the lineup. A wine of real density, the Isabelle in 2013 hits the palate with a range of super-appealing dark cherry, plum, dark spices and French oak. The style is one of weight and impact. There is no shortage of either here." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

We at Wine Factor are big fans of Au Bon Climat's blue label Pinot Noirs. Winemaker Jim Clendenen is a true artist, consistently crafting beautiful Pinot Noirs year after year. The "Isabelle" Pinot Noir, named after his daughter, has proven to be a crowd favorite amongst our customers. The 2013 is as beautiful as previous vintages, and we are happy to offer it for your enjoyment!

                          Video by K&U Weinhalle, 1/15/2010


Isabelle is unlike any other Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir. Our top Pinot Noirs prior to making Isabelle in 1994 were all single vineyard wines. Isabelle was the first top end Pinot Noir that was a blend from different locations. After the birth of his daughter in 1995, Jim Clendenen wanted to make a special wine in her honor. Isabelle has developed into a unique young woman and her wine is unique for Au Bon Climat, a blended, high end Pinot Noir. We blend the best barrels from at least six different vineyards.  These vineyards range from two vineyards in northern California, one in the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, and another in the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, along with five or six of the top vineyards from the Central Coast. Making the best wine from our best barrels is the goal, so the blend has varied over the years. After tasting the best lots, we go through the barrel selection process.  This tasting process takes a few days, after the initial selection, the barrels are reevaluated a few months later just prior to putting Isabelle together.

Our barrel selection process allows us to keep Isabelle tasty year after year. With the 2013 being a darker and fruitier Isabelle, it needed no bottle time to show well. Isabelle has proven to age very well and we routinely drink bottles with 15 years of age. Even though Isabelle is our “richest” Pinot Noir with loads of intensity and power, it is still balanced and food friendly. It is a complete Pinot Noir with oak, tannin, alcohol, fruit and acid all brought together in one seamless statement. Isabelle is a Pinot Noir for any special occasion: holiday celebrations, festive dinners, or just to make any day exceptional.


Alcohol: 13.5%

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Jim Clendenen on Santa Barbara California Pinot Noir (pt1) of Au Bon Climat - UW015 (02:58)
http://www.austinbeeman.com/ Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat is interviewed on Understanding Wine. Jim Clendenen at Au Bon Climat has been making some of the finest Santa Barbara Pinot Noirs in the world of wine. Clendenen is a living legend in the California Pinot Noir business and Au Bon Climat makes some of the best Pinot Noirs. http://www.austinbeeman.com/
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