2015 Au Bon Climat/K&L Wine Merchants "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir SKU #1279866

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Tasting Notes

We couldn't be more excited to bring you another installment in what hopefully will turn out to be a long, fruitful project with wineries from around the United States, working with us directly to make exclusive bottlings for our customers. The Domestic team here at K&L has spent a great deal of time kicking around the idea of approaching wineries or winemakers we love, and asking them to work with us to create exclusive wines to our specifications. Furthermore we wanted to not only promote these outstanding wines, but the wineries behind them (rather than putting them in a private label with no winery attribution). We hope that you think that these wines offer a tremendous value and a slightly different expression of wineries that you are already familiar with. (Bryan Brick, K&L Domestic Wine Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    11/15/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    This year we incorporated the same blocks as previous vintages, Block 11 and Block 2 from Bien Nacido, but in different proportions and with a different clonal selection. Block 2 dominates this year, making up 90% of the blend, and within that are equal percentages of three parcels: one a mixture of clones 113 and 103—this was the nose and structure of the wine—and another is all clone 115, which added texture and power, while the other equal parcel was all clone 113, which made the finish of this wine something special. The other 10% came from Block 11 and is a mix of Swan and clone 115 that was whole-cluster fermented. This is the glue that holds the wine together, with snappy red fruits, warm spice, and a juicy feel that we think is wildly enjoyable. This is a plush, fresh and rich Pinot that has a little bit of something for everyone: Meaty spice—check. Ample, delicious fruit—check. Earthy savor—check. But possibly the best thing about it is the price. For $30 it is just an insane value—there is simply no other Bien Nacido-based Pinot Noir on the market for this price, or anywhere near it, honestly. As this was bottled in July 2016 I'd dump this in a decanter for an hour or two to really let it open up if you were going to drink it over the next 6 months to a year and I think this is going to be great 5-7 years down the road.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    11/10/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Another classic expression of Bien Nacido Pinot Noir. Wild strawberries, salted herbs, blood orange peel and baking spice on the finish. One more knockout from ABC and a terrific addition to K&L's line of co-branded wines.
    Drink from 2016 to 2024
  • Dave Genevro
    By: Dave Genevro
    11/10/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Delicious! Ready to drink now, with some nice decanting or air. great lively nose, with some dusty berry characters. Nice and elegant structure, ripeness. A lovely balance of textures, acidity and fruit. One of my favorite collaboration bottles we have in the store right now.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    11/8/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    I love doing K&L cuvees with ABC because I love having another Au Bon Climat pinot noir to choose from! The Bien Nacido Vineyard is brimming with fresh strawberries and spice, subtle tannins, and a core of refreshing acidity that balances out any ripeness from the fruit. This is holiday wine, pure and simple. It's practically begging to be paired with roasted turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. I know what I'm drinking on Thanksgiving. This. And probably a bottle of the ABC Bien Nacido chardonnay as well.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    11/8/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the finest Pinot Noirs I’ve tasted from ABC. It has the great, rich crunchy fruit one would expect from the Bien Nacido Valley with a frame of secondary flavors like herbs, garrigue and a touch of baking spices. The concentration is awesome while retaining freshness and vibrancy with a great acid backbone. This will certainly be making an appearance at my Thanksgiving table.

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