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2019 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay "Bien Nacido Vineyard"

Au Bon Climat 2019 Bien Nacido Chardonnay

Winery: Au Bon Climat

Vintage: 2019

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Bien Nacido Vineyard"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Santa Maria Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $35

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 93 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: May 11, 2022

Wine Review: This white gold colored Chardonnay from Au Bon Climat is very good. It opens with a mild pineapple bouquet with a hint of lemon and oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied with medium plus acidity. The mouthfeel is balanced, creamy, and bright. The flavor profile is a blend of pineapple and chalky minerality with notes of lemon verbena and oak. We also detected a hint of caramel coated green apple as well. The finish is dry, and its flavors and acidity linger and last for a while. This wine paired very well with Lucia's Pollo e Zuzza di Zuzza. (Sautéed chicken with butternut squash ravioli simmered in a parmesan cheese and chiffonade fresh sage cream sauce) Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: One whiff reveals this is obviously Chardonnay made in an old-world style. Minerality and reduction from extended lees contact, reminds us of Burgundy. Sweet barrel spice mixes nicely with a lemon limey note. Surprising rich on the palate, classic varietal flavors of apple, citrus and vanilla go on and on. This lively Chardonnay will go with wide assortment of foods. Lobster Pappardelle with chive butter, or fresh corn soufflé with bacon.

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