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Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2016

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Nicely balanced on the nose with apple, soft wood spice, sandy earth and light smoke tones. On the palate this is big and really fruit driven with a bit of butteriness up front but gets tense and lean on the back end with great purity to the apple and almost peachy fruit. Sinewy on the finish. 91pts

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Au Bon Climat:
Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat (which means "a well-exposed vineyard") produces internationally-recognized Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc wine from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County. The Au Bon Climat winery is located on the world-famous Bien Nacido Vineyard, and is owned by winemaker Jim Clendenen. Au Bon Climat was listed on Robert Parker's Best ... Read more
Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat (which means "a well-exposed vineyard") produces internationally-recognized Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc wine from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County. The Au Bon Climat winery is located on the world-famous Bien Nacido Vineyard, and is owned by winemaker Jim Clendenen. Au Bon Climat was listed on Robert Parker's Best Wineries of the World in both 1989 and 1990, while Jim Clendenen has been named Winemaker of the Year in 1992 by the Los Angeles Times, and Winemaker of the Year in 2001 by Food and Wine Magazine. The winery is not open to the public for either tours or tastings. Members of our wine club and mailing list are invited to our Spring and Fall Open Houses. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/03/2009

Nicely balanced on the nose with apple, soft wood spice, sandy earth and light smoke tones. On the palate this is big and really fruit driven with a bit of butteriness up front but gets tense and lean on the back end with great purity to the apple and almost peachy fruit. Sinewy on the finish. 91pts


Member Reviews for Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

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Snooth User: EMark
8478047,370
3.00 5
Vintage: 2013 08/05/2015

Quite pale yellow color. Very light on the nose—some fruit flavors of melon, peach. On the tongue a the fruitiness of a tart peach jumps out. Perhaps some earthiness. Very light touch on the oak—no buttery vanilla in this one--makes me wonder if it even was oaked. Very light in body. That and refreshing tartness makes this one a very good summer sipper.


Snooth User: shsim
10326661,295
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 04/03/2012

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: tbclevey
695660175
2.00 5
Vintage: 2009 04/24/2011

Overpowered by oak.


Snooth User: George Parkinson
220047883
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/23/2009

color-yellow gold; nose-butter&stone fruit; mouth-pineapple&toasted cream; finish-long; buy it age it share it.


Snooth User: thewineattic
163357298
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/04/2009

How can anything be bad from this winery. Always the best of the best wine from the best of the best vineyards. This winemaker is internationally known and makes outstanding Central Coast Wines.


Snooth User: stockard
20776712
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/02/2009

Love it


Snooth User: oolah
28785131
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 02/13/2009

Not your typical Cali chard. I wouldn't call it burgundian, but it was well-balanced and delicious. Grassy apple and melon notes dominate, with a strong oaky backbone and some pineapple in the background. Great with a lobster roll.


External Reviews for Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 07/20/2018

Burgundian in sensibility but with California style is one way of describing Jim Clendenen's Chardonnays- Structure and restraint melded with bountiful opulence is another. In the glass, buttery brioche marries with tropical fruits in an irresistible elixir that will leave the bottle drained before you know it. Try it with turbot for a match of delicacy and richness. - Winery ** Only 8 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 01/24/2017

Burgundian in sensibility but with California style is one way of describing Jim Clendenen's Chardonnays- Structure and restraint melded with bountiful opulence is another. In the glass, buttery brioche marries with tropical fruits in an irresistible elixir that will leave the bottle drained before you know it. Try it with turbot for a match of delicacy and richness. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 08/23/2013

Burgundian in sensibility but with California style is one way of describing Jim Clendenens Chardonnays- Structure and restraint melded with bountiful opulence is another. In the glass, buttery brioche marries with tropical fruits in an irresistible elixir that will leave the bottle drained before you know it. Try it with turbot for a match of delicacy and richness. - Winery


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/05/2013

Burgundian in sensibility but with California style is one way of describing Jim Clendenen's Chardonnays- Structure and restraint melded with bountiful opulence is another. In the glass, buttery brioche marries with tropical fruits in an irresistible elixir.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 08/23/2013

Burgundian in sensibility but with California style is one way of describing Jim Clendenens Chardonnays- Structure and restraint melded with bountiful opulence is another. In the glass, buttery brioche marries with tropical fruits in an irresistible elixir that will leave the bottle drained before you know it. Try it with turbot for a match of delicacy and richness. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 05/11/2011

Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2009 750ML


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2008 05/17/2010

Light yellow. Pungent, leesy aromas of pear, melon and white peach, with a note of lemon pith adding vivacity. Tangy citrus flavors give way to deeper orchard fruits in the middle palate, and a sweet, buttery quality adds richness. More seductive than the '07 Santa Maria Valley bottling, finishing with very good clarity and sneaky persistence. This is the most successful version of this bottling I've tasted in a while.


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