We are moving on with an american Pinot. I usually like the examples that comes from Au Bon Climat, and this was a nice showing from then, but I have had better.
2007 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir La Bauge Au-Dessus, Au Bon Climat
The nose that greets you is big, warm and fruity with notes of warm herbs, ripe rasberries, balsa wood and warm gravel. A nice volatile note. After a while some nice smoky notes emerge. Good but a tad too warm, this needs to be kept at ca 15-17 degrees Celcius to perform well.
The taste is fresh, cooler than the nose and fine with notes of rasberries, licorice, milk chocolate and warm undergrowth. There is a touch of alcohol warmth at the end. The acidity is noticable at the end in a nice way. Fine but I have had better wines from Au Bon Climat.
85p (tasted 2012/03)