Au Bon Climat ‘Isabelle’ Pinot Noir 2020

13.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2020
  • WE 95
  • JD 94
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Au Bon Climat ‘Isabelle’ Pinot Noir 2020, a masterpiece by winemaker Jim Adelman, stands as a beacon of Pinot Noir excellence.

In the glass, it presents a translucent ruby hue, a testament to its elegance. On the nose, a symphony of aromas unfolds. Sweet red cherry fruit, vibrant orange peel, subtle spices, and dried herbs intertwine harmoniously. As you delve deeper, an array of perfumed floral notes takes center stage, gracefully leading you through the mid-palate and into the lingering finish.

The palate is a revelation of silkiness and elegance. This Pinot Noir’s journey is one of sweet red cherries, framed by a delightful zest of orange, a gentle hint of spice, and the whisper of dried herbs. It’s a wine of impeccable balance, with integrated acidity and ripe tannins that caress the senses.

The critical acclaims bestowed upon Au Bon Climat ‘Isabelle’ Pinot Noir 2020, including a remarkable 95 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and a stellar 94 points from Jeb Dunnuck, affirm its exceptional quality. This wine is a blend of the finest Pinot barrels from diverse vineyard sources, a true reflection of the dedication and expertise of its makers. It’s a wine to cherish, evolving gracefully over the next decade and beyond, making it a must-have for any Pinot Noir enthusiast.


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Critical Acclaim

WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
The late Jim Clendenen named this wine after his daughter, now a leader in her family winery, and he always made sure it was tip-top. This vintage hits the nose with pomegranate, rose-petal and light eucalyptus-leaf aromas, while the tense palate is brisk with roasted raspberry and pine-needle-tea flavors.
JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck
Lastly, the 2020 Pinot Noir Isabelle is all Pinot Noir from six different vineyards and four different AVAs. Its translucent ruby hue is followed by a great nose of spiced red and black berry fruits, spring flowers, savory herbs, and assorted baking spice nuances. Beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied, and elegant on the palate, it has integrated acidity, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It's easily my favorite in the lineup and will evolve for another 10-12+ years.

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Winemaker of Au Bon Climat 'Isabelle' Pinot Noir 2020

Jim Adelman

Jim Adelman

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