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2009 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Barbara Historic Vineyards Collection 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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2009 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
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley

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90(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011

Bright, green-tinged gold.  Melon, nectarine, smoky lees and mint on the nose.  Dense, sappy and juicy, with nervy acidity giving cut and lift to the ripe pit fruit and lemon gelato flavors.  Plenty rich but there's very good energy and spine here.  Finishes long, spicy and very firm, with resonating anise, quinine and bitter citrus pith qualities.  Give this youthful chardonnay some bottle age or air to allow it to stretch out.


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