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Au Bon Climat 2011 Isabelle Pinot Noir California

Au Bon Climat 2011 Isabelle Pinot Noir California

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WE 94 IWC 93 Vinous 92 WA 91 - "An intensely perfumed, black raspberry nose with sexy floral and mineral qualities that gain power with air. Tart cherry and dark berry preserve flavors finish impressively pure and supple. A rich wine of impact."


WE 94 IWC 93 Vinous 92 WA 91 Pts - According to Wine Enthusiast - "Ripe cherry aromas swirl into graphite minerality, sweet wood and sagebrush scents in this delicious Jim Clendenen wine. The density on the palate is just about perfect, as is the tannic tension and mouth-cleansing acidity, with rich flavors of chemise, very ripe raspberry and elderberry juice proving quite sultry and addictive."

According to International Wine Cellar - "Vivid ruby. Black raspberry, spicecake and potpourri scents are sharpened by notes of white pepper and zesty minerals. Taut and focused on entry, then fleshier and broader in the mid-palate, offering bitter cherry, red berry and rose pastille flavors lifted by juicy acidity. The floral quality carries strongly through the clinging finish, which features dusty tannins and an intense mineral quality. "

According to Antonio Galloni - "Dark red cherry, plum, spices, menthol and leather meld together in the 2011 Pinot Noir Isabelle, Au Bon Climat's selection of the best barrels in the cellar. The 2011 is all about juiciness, texture and layers of flavor. Two years in 100% new French oak adds volume and breadth in this impeccable, harmonious Pinot."

According to Wine Advocate - "All three of the Pinot Noirs were outstanding, and have classic, slightly Burgundian profiles, with notable structure and bright acidity. Also superb, the 2011 Pinot Noir Isabelle is a blend of the top 10 barrels in the winery, and spent 24 months in new oak barrels prior to bottling. Possessing a slight Burgundian slant, with plenty of forest floor, underbrush and spice intermixed with sweet red fruits and floral notes, this beauty is medium-bodied, nicely balanced and has fine tannin framing the finish nicely. It too should shine over the coming 5-7 years." 13.5% ABV.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Varietal/TypePinot Noir
BrandAu Bon Climat
Size750 ML Standard
Rating94 Points, 93 Points, 92 Points, 91 Points

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