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Au Bon Climat Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir – Santa Barbara Historic Vineyards Collection 2020

13.5% abv

Vol- 75cl

“The 2020 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Santa Barbara Historic Vineyards Collection is a powerful, expressive wine. Dark fruit, lavender, cloves, leather and incense fill out the layers. Dynamic and full of energy, the 2020 has a ton to offer. I would give it a few years to settle down. Readers will find a Pinot of real substance. This bottling is intended to be the best lots from Sanford & Benedict done with a high percentage of stems, about 50% in this vintage.” 2024 -2032
93 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2023

One of the original vineyards in the county, the story of Sanford and Benedict Vineyard is a soap opera. It began as the dream of Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict. After some years of intrigue and all sort of rumors, Michael Benedict sold the vineyard in the 1990s. If the vineyard was going to be a success, certain vineyard practices had to modernize. The new owner, being a capitalist, decided to grow a more commercial crop of grapes. Drip irrigation was installed, squirrels and gophers were controlled, and fungicides were applied to prevent the entire vineyard from being lost to mildew. Even bio-dynamic vineyards need to apply fungicides to prevent mildew. With these few innovations, the vineyard started to thrive. The crop varied in quantity; most years the crop was light, but the quality was always first class. The vineyard is now sustainably farmed.

Planted in 1971, the fruit we use is selected from the oldest section of prestigious Sanford & Benedict Vineyard located in the very cool Sta. Rita Hills appellation. It is truly one of the great Pinot vineyards of America.

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Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat produces internationally-recognized Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County.

Located at the foot of one of California's most highly rated vineyards, Bien Nacido in the Santa Maria Valley, one of the finest sites in California, ideal for the production of the refined, Burgundian style of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. ABC, as it is more commonly referred to, has won universal acclaim for its wines thanks to late owner & winemaker Jim 'Wild Boy' Clendenen. They continue Jim's legacy, treating Burgundy as the benchmark. They purchased clones of Pinot Noir from Burgundy in a bid to replicate as closely as possible the restraint and finesse of the wines from the region.

Jim eschewed a career in law for the lure of the vine following a month's stay in Burgundy and Champagne when he was 21 and never looked back. The wines combine the mineral precision and grace of Burgundy with the flair of the West Coast.

Reference #:
13.5 ABV
Bottles per Case
6 bottles
Pinot Noir

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