Wowee! This wine just set my senses off with its scent of deep strawberry, Pinot Noir aromatics. Autumnal and summery both at once. Generous on the nose, and joyous, but complex too, with lots of woodsmoke, a smudge of mulberry, tart cherries and a structure that promises a long future.
It took just one month spent in Burgundy for Jim to abandon a future in law, and that swayed him to pursue a career in wine. Deeply influenced by his love of Burgundy, Clendenen set up ABC with Adam Tolmach in 1982 with the ambition to make wines that spoke of their place, which emulate the restraint and finesse of Europe but with a magic touch of New World flair. The vineyards ABC source their grapes from reads as a ‘who’s who’ of Central Coast vineyards with Bien Nacido and Jim’s own “Le Bon Climat” as the biggest contributors. He passed away in 2021 and is remembered as one of the most charismatic and influential people of his vinous generation.