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2015 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir "La Bauge Au-dessus"

Au Bon Climat 2015 La Bauge Au-dessus Pinot Noir

Winery: Au Bon Climat

Vintage: 2015

Wine Name/Vineyard: "La Bauge Au-dessus"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Santa Maria Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $35

Cases produced: 1,500

KWG Score: 91 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: August 17, 2019

Wine Review: This Pinot Noir is light ruby in color and slightly cloudy. Oak and tobacco aromas leap from the glass, followed by rubbed saddle leather and teriyaki sauce. The core flavors are strawberry and pomegranate with hints of red currant and candy apple. Sage, fennel and ginger snap flavors add complexity. Both the look and taste of this wine are rustic with old-world styling, but this is a well-built wine with generous minerals, grippy tannins, medium oak and a soft finish. This Pinot would pair well with casual fare like a fig, prosciutto and arugula flatbread, but it would also go well with fine dining veal or duck dishes. - Jeoff

Winemaker Notes: As with all our Pinot Noirs, we are "hands-on" with our "La Bauge" Pinot Noir. This forward drinking Pinot shows dried cranberry/berry fruit with earth and tobacco notes. The body is medium weight yet carries immense waves of flavors, including sarsaparilla, pomegranate and smoke. A well-integrated wine that is superb now. A wonderful accompaniment to thick, oak-grilled pork chops, wild game, or coq au vin.

Organic status: not organic

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