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2014 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir "Historic Vineyards Collection - Bien Nacido Vineyard"

Au Bon Climat 2014 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir

Winery: Au Bon Climat

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Historic Vineyards Collection - Bien Nacido Vineyard"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot-Noir

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Santa Maria Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $40

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 88.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: May 19, 2018

Wine Review: This dark red colored Pinot Noir opens with a fragrant black cherry and black plum bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and nicely balanced between it acidity and fruit. It also displays a round and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor profile is a tasty, slightly tart plum with notes of light cola. I also detected hints of oak, black pepper and faint strawberry. The finish is dry and its flavors and mild tannins fade away nicely. This Pinot would pair well a grilled pork tenderloin. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: If there is one characteristic that stands this varietal apart from other growing regions, it is in the complex aromatics that suggests cranberry, dried rose petals and earth. The Pinot Noir fruit from Bien Nacido for this wine is clone 115 from block 2. The wine was made with 60% whole clusters, a technique used in Au Bon Climat Pinots of the past. This wine possesses intense fruit character, baking spice notes, and layers upon layers of complexity.

Organic status: not organic

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