2008 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay "Santa Barbara County"
Winery: Au Bon Climat
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Santa Barbara County"
Wine Category: Chardonnay
Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Santa Barbara County
State or country: CA
Cases produced: unknown
KWG Score: 88.5 (based on 2 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)
Review date: September 22, 2009
Wine Review: This light yellow colored Chard opens with a mild apple like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and crisp. The flavor profile is a tasty green apple and Meyer lemon with a faint hint of very light oak. The finish is dry and very refreshing. This wine was very well received by our friends at dinner. It paired perfectly with our halibut at the Wishing Well Restaurant in Saratoga, NY. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: Burgundian in sensibility but with California style is one way of describing Jim Clendenen's Chardonnays- Citrus, stone fruit, smooth, and integrated flavors, creamy and tense, with apricot, apple, and lemon nuances. Barrel fermented and aged in French oak.
Organic status: not organic
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