“Isabelle” Pinot Noir is a blend of select cuvees of the top Pinot Noir vineyards not only from the Santa Maria area, but Russian River and even Monterey County some years. After the birth of his daughter in 1995, Jim Clendenen wanted to make a special wine for his daughter, Isabelle. Papa Jim blends the best barrels from at least six different vineyards. These vineyards range from five or six of the top vineyards from the Central Coast to a few in northern California. After identifying the finest lots, they go through the barrel selection process. This tasting process takes a few days, after the initial selection, and then the barrels are reevaluated a few months later just prior to putting “Isabelle” together.
Hand pick and sorted heavily in the vineyard. Au Bon Climat uses open-top fermenters which are “punched down” by hand. Their top Pinot Noirs are never pumped only moved by gravity. Aged in new French Oak barrels
Tasting Notes: Isabelle is Au Bon Climat’s richest Pinot Noir with loads of intensity and power, it is still balanced and food friendly. It is a complete Pinot Noir with oak, tannin, alcohol, fruit and acid all brought together in one seamless statement.