Au Bon Climat, along with wineries such as Qupe and Ojai, have helped to put the outstanding Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah from Santa Barbara County onto the map. The vineyards of Santa Barbara County enjoy a generally cooler climate than Napa or Sonoma valleys. At its best this region delivers wines of elegance and finess, along with outstanding relative value.
The 2008 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County is a textbook example of cool-climate, new world Pinot Noir. Notes of bing cherry, cinnamon, clove, ripe strawberry waft from the glass. On the palate this wine is fresh and lively, with flavours of strawberry-rhubarb pie, spice and just a touch of fresh earth.
At $30 retail you will be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable Pinot Noir for the price. Try this Pinot slightly chilled with a summer salad of spinach, soft goats cheese, strawberries and toasted pecans. Yum!
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