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Au Bon Climat Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2017


Synopsis, Our Opinion: An OUTSTANDING Chardonnay that’s an absolute BARGAIN.

Producer/Winery: Jim Clendenen; Au Bon Climat; Santa Maria, California.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Santa Maria Valley; Central Coast, California.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $28.00 (with a club discount)

Purchased From: Au Bon Climat Tasting Room; Santa Barbara, California.

Paired With: Chicken Cordon Bleu.

Tasting:

    Chilled before drinking. Clear wheat straw color. Zesty aromas of citrus, vanilla, apple and peach. Fresh, silky smooth, slightly creamy and dry mouthfeel, medium to full body and a 200-grit texture. Bountiful flavors including apple, vanilla, lemon, toffee candy and fresh baked pie crust. Medium acidity, but with a strong fresh character and a long powerful tart apple and vanilla tasting finish. Wonderful mouthfeel and so flavorful…an OUTSTANDING Chardonnay that’s an absolute BARGAIN. We both commented that the lack of strong acidity was a very pleasant and distinctive characteristic, it was still light and fresh and made it a simple elegant presentation.

Jim Clendenen
Photo from Au Bon Climat.

Comments: Learn more about Jim Clendenen and his Au Bon Climat wines.
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Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: Aluminum covered 50mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: 8 50755 00019 6

Imported by: Not applicable.