Bottoms Up

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Au Bon Climat

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 at 10:00 am in Uncategorized.

I had a great pinot noir last night at downtown, the tapas and jazz spot on Shattuck in Berkeley, that I hadn’t tasted since my days living on the Central Coast. Actually, it was my date’s wine but I kept snagging swigs. If this Au Bon Climat (Santa Barbara County) had been in our blind tasting on Saturday, I think it would’ve beat out Clos Du Val for the top spot. I’d forgotten how heavenly it is. Velvety like a Cab, and rather medium-bodied too, so those who like thin pinots probably would rather stick to ordering a Cab. But unlike the big bomb Cabs I usually like to drink this was so smooth, like liquid potpurri, and the finish just went on and on. Tasted like a marriage between a Burgundy and a Bordeaux. I’ve seen this bottle for anywhere between $25 and $35. downtown charged about $9 a glass. Order it next time you’re there and look for it and any other Santa Barbara pinot next time you’re face to face with a list. You won’t be sorry.

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