The OLD BRIDGE
The OLD BRIDGE Wine Shop
At every price level, an outstanding selection of wines chosen by John Hoskins MW
2016 PINOT GRIS / PINOT BLANC, Au Bon Climat. Santa Barbara, California
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Area: Santa Maria Valley is a (relatively) cool climate area north of Los Angeles, in Santa Barbara County, where Burgundian and Rhone varieties predominate. Made famous by the film 'Sideways' which helped kickstart the trend away from heavy Chardonnays and Cabernets.
The Pinot Gris for this wine comes from the El Camino and Sierra Madre Vineyards; the Pinot Blanc from Bien Nacido (where the winery is located).
Grape Variety: 60% Pinot Gris, 40% Pinot Blanc; matured on its lees in older oak barrels - but certainly no new wood used.
Producer: Jim Clendennen is the self-styled 'wild boy' winemaker / owner of ABC. His hippy attitude is at least partly reflected in the very 'natural' style of his wines.
Old Bridge Rating: Lovely balance of freshness and ripeness. Really classy stuff - not expensive at all by California standards.
£19.95 per bottle
£18.95 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£17.96 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles
5% discounts on Mixed Cases.
10% discount on Un-Mixed Cases.