Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir ‘Isabelle’ 2013 California



Rather than making this wine from a single vineyard’s grapes as one might expect from Au Bon Climat, Isabelle is created by blending selected barrels from several sites, including Bien Nacido, Sanford & Benedict, Talley Rincon and Mount Carmel. A superbly structured, deep, complex and involving Pinot, and a great benchmarker of the vintage. An expressive floral nose leads into a palate of ripe dark cherries, plums, baking spices and french oak with a lengthy fruit driven finish. There is real power, precision and elegance here. Delicious and layered enough to enjoy on its own, this would also be a fine pairing for lighter meat dishes or game.