Au Bon Climat White Blend Santa Maria Valley Hildegard 2003
The Wine This is a unique, textural, and complex wine with hints of lavender, marzipan, violets, and white chocolate aromas. A great food wine popular with restaurants. An historical blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Aligote. The Winemaker: Our affiliated wine bar - Tastes of the Valleys - is the designated tasting room for Au Bon Climat. The ABC wines are produced by owner-winemaker Jim Clendenen, a not-shy producer who bottles a good half dozen pinots every year. To repeat an important and recurring theme of ours, I note that club selections are based on our knowledge and aesthetic, not simply on media awards and ratings. When our palate agrees with the award-givers, it is a happy coincidence. And though we don't dispense ratings or awards, selecting a wine for a club shipment is our way of saying it is a great wine for the price. In honoring Au Bon Climat in this way, we're in good company. Beginning in 1989 / 1990, Au Bon Climat was included on Robert Parker's list of Best Wineries in the World. In 1991, Owner/Winemaker Jim Clendenen was selected by Oz Clark as one of the fifty creators of Modern Classic wines. That same year, Dan Berger of the L.A. Times ranked Clendenen as #8 in his Top Twenty California Winemakers, then named him "L.A. Times Winemaker of the Year" in 1992, a title he earned again in 2001 from Food & Wine Magazine.
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
Food Pairings for Au Bon Climat White Blend Santa Maria Valley Hildegard
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