The late Jim Clendenen founded Au Bon Climat (ABC) in 1982. He became famous for making pioneering wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on California’s Central Coast. He passed away in 2021 and is remembered as one of the most charismatic and influential people of his vinous generation. Au Bon Climat translates as “a well-exposed vineyard” a name suiting the coastal position of the vineyards, with its benevolent Pacific fog and cooling breeze. Making the most of these conditions ABC buy clones from Burgundy. This contributes to creating wines which emulate the restraint and finesse of Europe but with a magic touch of New World flair.
Strawberries and blackberries aromas slowly rise out of the glass. Overtime, more anise and clove mingles with these primary aromas. Currently, the wine is young with mouth filling intensity and suppleness. Complexity will increase as the wine ages, but this wine should stay pleasingly fresh for 6 or 7 years.
In its youth, match this wine with lamb or dried meats. After a few years, as the flavours coalesce, it will pair better with salmon or mild red sauce with pasta.
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