This Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir from the Santa Maria Valley has a light ruby, semi transparent color and a smokey, earthy nose. It has flavors to match the nose, earthy and smokey with tart fruit. There are moderate tannins and good acidity. The body is light with a moderately long finish of both flavor and tannins (alc 13.5%)
The wine was more Burgundian in style than most American Pinot Noir. As time went on more spiciness and fruit appeared. This was a really nice wine, very enjoyable to drink. Next time we have it I think I will decant it for about an hour to open it up a little more.