AU BON CLIMAT Pinot Noir, Isabelle 2017 CASE x 6 Bottle - PRE-RELEASE
Red Still Wine | America | California | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Grape: Pinot Noir
"One word describes the nose of the 2017 Isabelle Pinot Noir: breathtaking. The sheer weight of the perfume on this wine, the lifted, scented nature of the bouquet just shouts (albeit oh-so-elegantly) PINOT NOIR. It is completely exhilarating with such pure, focused red fruit. Red cherries, redcurrants, and raspberries are allied with an incredible, exotic, musky perfume which is almost like incense, overwhelming the senses. The palate feels light on its feet initially, dancing with bright red fruit: tart redcurrants with a smidge of ripe, sweet raspberries behind. It is scintillating and balletic, full of energy and life, with real Vosne-Romanée poise despite the warmer Californian feel. The tannins are pin-prick and show their presence with a light grip on the palate suggesting that this still needs more time. This is Pinot Noir with that rainwater edge of purity running through its core, yet which moves into a touch of bitter dark, raspberry chocolate on the finish. Au Bon Climat says that the aim of Isabelle (named after Jim’s Clendenen’s daughter), as a blend of the best barrels from the best vineyards, is to ‘achieve a supple, rich, harmonious, and complex wine [sic..] intended to reflect California’s geographic diversity, the exoticity of different clonal possibilities and the preferred style of one of California’s most experienced Pinot Noir makers’. They have certainly achieved that in this 2017 which is a seductive, brilliant expression of Pinot Noir. Drink 2024-2035." - Catriona Felstead MW
Au Bon Climat
Au Bon Climat has made Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara County for 30 years. Our winemaking philosophy and winemaking practices have changed little over that time. Older equipment has been replaced by newer technologies, but better equipment improved the wines and allowed for gentler processing. We still hand pick and sort heavily in the vineyard. We still use open top fermenters allowing us to “punch down” by hand. Our top Pinot Noirs are never pumped, only moved by gravity. These high end Pinots are aged in new French Oak. Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir is basically the same since 1982, only better.
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.
Terms and Conditions
Pricing - No further discounts apply. Prices include Freight, Jersey Import Duty & GST.
Delivery - Autumn 2021
Storage - Free storage until 30th April 2022 in our temperature-controlled storage facility.
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