Au Bon Climat was created to produce high quality handcrafted wine from the traditional Burgundian varietals. They are one of the few California wineries to explore the gamut of these varieties: Aligote, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery is located within the Bien Nacido Vineyard, the source of the majority of their fruit.
Learn More About Pinot Blanc
Pinot Blanc (pee-no blahnk)
Pretty and Simple
A mutation of the Pinot family, Pinot Blanc was once commonly mistaken for
- it looks quite similar on the vine. But true Pinot Blanc lacks most Chardonnay
characteristics. The grape is most at home in
where it is used both in blends as well as a sole varietal. It's also found
in Italy where it's called Pinot Bianco.
Wine made from Pinot Blanc often has fuller-body, but it is not a grape known for its
aromatics. The fragrance of a Pinot Blanc is typically neutral and subdued.
The delicate aromas that are present are most often apples, pears, some minerality.
It's a refreshing wine with good acidity. It is also the base variety for Cremant
d'Alsace (the sparking wine of Alsace).
Summing it up
Successful Sites: Alsace, Italy, Oregon
apple, pear, nut, minerals, light, dry, pleasant
Learn More About Central Coast, California
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Grape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.