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Au Bon Climat 2012 Isabelle Pinot Noir California

Au Bon Climat 2012 Isabelle Pinot Noir California

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WA 93 Vinous 92 - "The 2012 is a darker and fruitier Isabelle. This one needed no bottle time to show well. Isabelle has proven to age very well, and we routinely drink bottles with 15 years of age. Even though Isabelle is our “biggest” Pinot Noir with loads of intensity and power, it is still balanced and food friendly. This is a complete Pinot Noir with oak, tannin, alcohol, fruit and acid all mix in one seamless blend."


WA 93 VInous 92 Pts - According to Wine Advocate - The most impressive Pinot here is the 2012 Pinot Noir Isabelle. A selection of the top barrels, it - like the Knox Alexander release - was barrel fermented and aged 20 months in new French oak, of which it's soaked up every trace. Showing distinctly Burgundian notes of sweet red and black fruits, sous bois, underbrush and spice, it's medium bodied, beautifully textured, elegant and layered, with nicely integrated acidity coming through on the finish. Drink it anytime over the coming decade.

According to Antonio Galloni - Crushed flowers, sweet red cherries, kirsch, mint and dried rose petal meld together in the 2012 Pinot Noir Isabelle. Lifted and intensely aromatic yet pliant on the mid-palate, the 2012 is beautifully balanced. As good as the 2012 is, the new oak is also prominent and probably a bit too much for the wine's essentially mid-weight structure. Isabelle is essentially a blend of the best barrels in the cellar and includes vineyards in Sonoma County alongside vineyards in the Central Coast.

According to Wine Spectator - "Complex, with a dusty, cedary oak edge to the faint dried berry core. An elegant, understated style that's ready now. Drink now. " 13.5% ABV.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Varietal/TypePinot Noir
BrandAu Bon Climat
Size750 ML Standard
Rating93 Points, 92 Points

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