Au Bon Climat – Pinot Noir Knox Alexander 2018


Santa Maria Valley, United States

 Several high end lots were blended to create the 2018 Knox; three of these lots contained a high percentage of whole clusters. Twenty percent of the final blend was fermented with whole cluster. The whole cluster influence is evident by the a spicey note of anise and clove mixed with a smell of fresh green tea. Twenty-two months age in French oak barrels gives the wine aromas of bitter chocolate and vanilla. The clarity and color of the wine are beautiful.


A complex, savory Pinot Noir with loads of spiced cherry and red currant fruits as well as brambly herbs, underbrush, and leather-like aromas and flavors. It is very focused on the palate, in a tight, racy style. It has tremendous aging potential. Named after Jim Clendenen’s son. Earned 94 Points & Cellar Section by Wine Enthusiast Magazine; 93 points Antonio Galloni’s Vinous; 92 points Wine & Spirits Magazine.



Pinot Noir

Taste Profile


Body 3/5

Sweetness 2/5


Acidity 4/5

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