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 Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Barbara Historic Vineyards Collection Santa Maria Valley
Producer: Au Bon Climat
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2010
($30) Light yellow-gold. Complex nose displays grapefruit, floral honey, dusty herbs and hints of spices and vanilla bean. Broad, dry and subtly smoky, with very good energy to its orchard fruit and citrus flavors. Shows a lively mineral quality with air and finishes with very good clarity and length.
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