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Au Bon Climat, Santa Ynez Valley Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Santa Ynez, CA

Nose: The nose of this Santa Ynez Pinot Noir is an enchanting bouquet of red fruit and earthy delights. It opens with a bouquet of ripe red cherries, wild strawberries, and pomegranate. Subtle floral notes of rose petals and violet mingle with earthy undertones of forest floor and a hint of spice, such as clove and cinnamon, express the wine's complexity and terroir.

Palate: On the palate, this Pinot Noir is elegant and well-balanced, showcasing vibrant flavors of red berries, including raspberry and cranberry, alongside a touch of black cherry. The mid-palate reveals layers of baking spices, citrus peel, earthy nuances, and a hint of minerality. This Pinot Noir's bright acidity and silky tannins create a harmonious and refined mouthfeel, enhancing its overall appeal.

Finish: The finish is a harmonious conclusion to the sensory journey. Lingering notes of red fruit persist along with a delicate spiciness, joined by a subtle minerality. The smooth, integrated tannins and balanced acidity ensure a clean and refreshing conclusion, leaving a lasting impression of ripe berries and a subtle earthiness.

Food Pairing: This versatile Pinot Noir pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes. Enjoy it with a roasted duck, grilled salmon, or herb-crusted lamb chops. For a vegetarian option, a wild mushroom risotto, grilled vegetables, or lentil stew will highlight the wine's earthy undertones. If you're a cheese lover, pair it with Brie, Camembert, or aged Gouda.

Overall: The 2020 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir from Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is a quintessential expression of Santa Barbara County's terroir. Its complex nose, elegant palate, and refined finish make it a standout wine, perfect for both casual sipping and sophisticated dining. Whether paired with food or enjoyed on its own, this Pinot Noir offers a memorable and delightful wine experience.

Au Bon Climat, Santa Ynez Valley Pinot Noir
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