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  • Au Bon Climat "Knox Alexander" Pinot Noir 2017  Santa Maria, California

Au Bon Climat "Knox Alexander" Pinot Noir 2017 Santa Maria, California

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The 2017 is one of Au Bon Climat's best vintages. Rich and powerful, this well structured wine has a darker ruby hue as well as a beautiful nose of cherry, dried cranberry, earthy forest floor, ground herbs, smoked earth.

Named after Jim Clendenen’s son Knox, this wine is from the finest lots of Pinot Noir from the estate Le Bon Climat and Bien Nacido Vineyard since 1998. These two vineyards, separated only by the Sisquoc River, have slow growing vines planted in well drained poor soils, which produce really distinctive Pinot Noir. Both vineyards struggle to yield much most years, but the small amount that is harvested is of amazing quality. - Winemaker Notes

94 points - Jeb Dunnuck
"Just slightly deeper ruby-hued, the 2017 Pinot Noir Knox Alexander comes from the Bien Nacido and Le Bon Climat vineyards. Another complex, meaty, savory Pinot Noir in the lineup, it offers loads of spiced cherry and redcurrant fruits as well as brambly herbs, underbrush, cured meats, and leather-like aromas and flavors. As with all the 2017s from this estate, it stays fresh and focused on the palate, with a tight, racy style. Rating: 94+"

91 points - Vinous
"The 2017 Pinot Noir Knox Alexander is a bold, powerful, savory wine. Dried cherry, game, licorice, tobacco and spice are front and center. This is an especially wild, spicy Pinot. The tannins are a bit grainy today. It will be interesting to see how things develop here. Gamy, earthy undertones linger. The Knox Alexander is mostly Bien Nacido with some Le Bon Climat."

California / Pinot Noir / Red