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.


    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
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Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: Aluminum covered 50mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: 8 50755 00019 6

Imported by: Not applicable.