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WTN: 2002 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir, Knox Alexander

Postby Redwinger » Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:54 pm

TN: 2002 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir, Knox Alexander

I'm generally not a big fan of Cali-Pinot as I tend to find them a bit ripe and alcoholic for my taste. That said, this wine may make me a convert. I found it to be absolutely stunning after an hour or so of breathing. Certainly not sappy/syrupy/alcoholic. Nicely balanced with solid cherry fruit accented by hints of clove, cinnamon and cola. Acids and tannins support the rest of the package. The best part is saved for last..the finish goes on and on with layers of complexity. Boy, oh boy, I simply liked this wine a bunch. The after discount price was a tad under $40, which is definitely at the high end of my comfort level (actually over it), but I felt this wine was worth the tarrif. Did I mention I liked it?

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Re: TN: 2002 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir, Knox Alexander

Postby Robin Garr » Sat Mar 25, 2006 7:14 pm

Redwinger wrote:Au Bon Climat


I've always liked them, and for some strange reason we have very good access to their wines here, Bill, even the high-end stuff. Thanks for the reminder!
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Postby Redwinger » Sat Mar 25, 2006 7:27 pm

Robin/All,
I've mentioned this before, but the 2003 Au Bon Climat Santa Maria bottling is pretty darn good as well, and retails for around $25. Sorry if I'm beginning to sound like a shill for ABC.
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Re: ABC

Postby Robin Garr » Sat Mar 25, 2006 7:42 pm

Redwinger wrote:Sorry if I'm beginning to sound like a shill for ABC.


Not at all ... recommending wines we like is always in order here ... and I haven't met too many ABCs I didn't like, either. I remember a relatively affordable (under $20) Pinot Noir/Mondeuse blend that I was just crazy about a couple of years ago.
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Re: TN: 2002 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir, Knox Alexander

Postby John Tomasso » Sun Mar 26, 2006 10:28 am

Redwinger wrote:TN: 2002 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir, Knox Alexander

I'm generally not a big fan of Cali-Pinot as I tend to find them a bit ripe and alcoholic for my taste................ Did I mention I liked it?

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So now, you see, not all cali pinots are created equal. There are many balanced, restrained examples being made that are just the ticket for those folks who prefer their Pinot Noir a bit less boisterous.

There's something for everybody here on the Central Coast.
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