Clendenen Family Vineyards

This is not just another label for winemaker and Au Bon Climat owner Jim Clendenen, but rather it is a project of passion he hoped to share with his wife and children. Created in 2000, these are artisan, small lots of distinctive wines where commerce is not the driving force. Many of the wines are crafted from unique varietals grown primarily on his organically farmed Le Bon Climat and Rancho La Cuna Vineyards, but the project has since expanded to include special plantings at Bien Nacido Vineyard, as well. While two of the jewels from this project are Jim's best expressions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this "varietal playground" also includes benchmark examples of Nebbiolo, Tocai Friulano, Viognier, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, and an amazing Syrah/Viognier blend. As always, the hallmark of Jim's wines is balance.

Born in Akron, Ohio to gastronomically impoverished parents during the culinary Dark Ages of the American 1950s, Jim went on to graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with High Honors in Pre-Law in 1976. It was during his "junior year abroad" in 1974, while turning 21 in France, that he discovered life beyond tacos. After graduation, a one month stay in both Burgundy and Champagne convinced him to attempt a career in wine rather than continue on to law school. In 1981 he found a way to work 3 harvests in one year – directing the crush at wineries in Australia and France as well as on his home turf. This masochistic feat convinced him he was ready to start his own winery, and he launched his Au Bon Climat winery the following year.

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Clendenen Family Vineyards Viognier 2016
“Cool climate Viognier is hard to find in California. Le Bon Climat is truly cool climate, located on the edge of the Santa Maria Valley, providing ideal conditions for this varietal. This offers restrained melon, pear and honeysuckle notes along with excellent structure and balanced acidity. The
Item Number: 31397
Bottle:$16.45
Case: $197.40
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Clendenen Family Vineyards Nebbiolo 'PIP' 2014
Winery Notes “Sourced from a 16 acre site planted at Bien Nacido Vineyard in 1994 under Jim Clendenen’s direction. The site is cool, breezy, and on a hillside where the soil is gravelly and shallow—all contributing to the intensity of the fruit. The nose is very aromatic with notes of black
Item Number: 30348
Bottle:$21.95
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Clendenen Family Vineyards Mondeuse Rose 2017
Winery Notes“Delicate aromas of ripe wild strawberry and watermelon slowly rise from a cold glass of this Rosé. Complex flinty notes. Try this wine for an aperitif, grilled chicken, smoked ham or spicy mid-eastern fare.”
Item Number: 28746
Bottle:$13.95
Case: $167.40
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Clendenen Family Vineyards Viognier 2015
Winery Notes “Cool climate Viognier is hard to find in California. Le Bon Climat is truly cool climate, located on the edge of the Santa Maria Valley, providing ideal conditions for this varietal. The 2014 offers restrained melon, pear and honeysuckle notes along with excellent structure and

Clendenen Family Vineyards Nebbiolo 'PIP' 2012
Winery Notes “Sourced from a 16 acre site planted at Bien Nacido Vineyard in 1994 under Jim Clendenen’s direction. The site is cool, breezy, and on a hillside where the soil is gravelly and shallow—all contributing to the intensity of the fruit. These plantings were originally part of an Italian