Wild Boy is always a little bold, just like Mr Clenenden was! Medium to full-bodied, not shy and unashamedly Californian, with lots of ripe fruit, vanilla cream notes and the merest tease of oak mingling with stone fruits, baking spice and even a little apple crumble.
Needing little introduction, we are delighted to now have the wines of the late Jim Clendenen available. 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. Fermented and aged for 11 months in French oak barrels from Francois Freres, with a small proportion of new oak. Most of the fruit is picked at optimum ripeness but a little is picked early for natural acidity while some is picked late to add an extra flavour dimension.