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Au Bon Climat La Bauge Au-Dessus Pinot Noir 2015

Au Bon Climat La Bauge Au-Dessus Pinot Noir 2015

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"The 2015 Pinot Noir La Bauge Au-dessus is a pretty wine, but it also shows the challenges of the growing season in its forward, slightly dried out profile. I would prefer to drink this approachable, easygoing Pinot over the next few years. The sweet tobacco, dried fruit, dried herb and earthy tones all suggest the 2015 is on a fast track of aging. Of course, it is also possible the 2015 might stay at its current plateau for a number of years, but I wouldn't push my luck. Drinking window: 2018-2022. 88 points

I was very impressed by the wines I tasted with Jim Clendenen at Au Bon Climat and Clendenen Family Vineyards. Clendenen is of course one of the central figures in the Santa Barbara wine scene. Over the years, he has influenced or directly mentored many of today's young superstar winemakers. It is therefore quite ironic that, tasted within context of today's Santa Barbara, Clendenen's wines are richer and more powerful than those made by most, if not all, of the young winemakers he has influenced. Moreover, these wines are not at all shy in their use of new French oak. But those are really just details. In this tasting, these new releases are positively brilliant. I can't recommend them highly enough."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/18)