2013 Isabelle Pinot Noir, Au Bon Climat, California

Named after Jim Clendenen's daughter, this is the pinnacle of his Pinot Noir production. It's a ripe style of Pinot in 2013, with intensity and concentration well balanced with acidity and freshness. The fruit is pure, with oak spice providing a backbone. A Pinot that is recognisably Californian, but that harks back to Jim's love of the finest Burgundies.

Critic score
92/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    USA
  • Grape
    Pinot Noir
  • Maturity
    Ready 2017 - 2024
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    13.5%
2013 Isabelle Pinot Noir, Au Bon Climat, California

TASTING NOTES

The 2013 Pinot Noir Isabelle is one of the richer, deeper wines in the lineup. A wine of real density, the Isabelle in 2013 hits the palate with a range of super-appealing dark cherry, plum, dark spices and French oak. The style is one of weight and impact. There is no shortage of either here.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com
92/100