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2008 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Santa Barbara County
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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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2008 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

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

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

($20) Light yellow. Pungent, leesy aromas of pear, melon and white peach, with a note of lemon pith adding vivacity. Tangy citrus flavors give way to deeper orchard fruits in the middle palate, and a sweet, buttery quality adds richness. More seductive than the '07 Santa Maria Valley bottling, finishing with very good clarity and sneaky persistence. This is the most successful version of this bottling I've tasted in a while.

88 Points | Wine Spectator

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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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