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2010 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay XXX Anniversary Nuits Blanches Au Bouge Santa Maria Valle
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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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2010 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay XXX Anniversary Nuits Blanches Au Bouge Santa Maria Valle

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

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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012

Pale gold.  Ripe pear, orange, creme brulee and ginger on the fragrant nose, with notes of vanilla bean and smoky lees adding complexity.  Pliant but sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors gain depth with air, picking up a deeper marzipan nuance. The pear and leesy notes carry through on the very focused finish.  This chardonnay has the depth to repay at least five years of patience.

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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