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2010 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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2010 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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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012

Light yellow-gold.  A complex bouquet evokes poached pear, melon, anise and vanilla, with smoke and nutmeg topnotes.  Juicy and precise on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a touch of candied fig.  Dusty minerals add cut to the finish, which features sweet vanilla bean and candied ginger qualities.  I really like this chardonnay;s blend of richness and vivacity.  This bottling has a stellar track record for aging, if you're one of the half dozen people out there who actually cellars their California chardonnay.

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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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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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