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2007 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley
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About Au Bon Climat

Since it was founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat has been a well respected producer of Burgundian-styled California wines. Jim Clendenen's Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are mineral, focused and restrained in the early going, and sometimes quite oaky.

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2007 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley

Producer: Au Bon Climat
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley

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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($35) Bright gold. Slow-to-open nose eventually shows deep pear, honey, smoky lees and pastry spices. Pliant orchard and pit fruit flavors are given a distinctly firm edge by juicy acidity. Blends richness and spiciness, and finishes with good grip and smoky persistence.

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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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