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Au Bon Climat

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Santa Maria Valley
Alcohol %
13.5

2014 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard

Historic Vineyards Collection

This vineyard has hit its stride producing marvelous Chardonnays year after year. On the palate, classic Chardonnay flavors of apple, citrus and vanilla go on and on. Serve with shellfish, Cornish game hen, or alfredo pasta with lobster. Received a score of 92 points from Ken's Wine Guide.

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SKU: CHRHV14D

We have been producing this wine for decades and have our winemaking protocol down to a point where we know exactly what to do to maximize the potential of this grape from Bien Nacido Vineyard. We have identified the best locations where Chardonnay is grown and have locked in our committment. The grapes were hand harvested, whole cluster pressed (to minimize tannin extraction from the skins), totally barrel fermented in 100% new François Frères barrels, aged for 18 months, then bottled unfiltered. The aroma reveals this is obviously Chardonnay made in an old world style. Sweet barrel spice mixes nicely with a lemon limey note from the fruit.  It is rich on the palate, and the classic Chardonnay flavors of apple, citrus and vanilla go on and on. This  lively wine will go with wide assortment of foods. Seared scallops in butter with a touch of orange, roast chicken with rosemary are just a couple of favorites with this Chardonnay.

Ken's Wine Guide

Score: 92 points  "This light yellow colored Chardonnay from Au Bon Climat is very nice. It opens with oak and green apple bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is an oak influenced green apple with notes vanilla and a hint of hazelnut. The finish is dry and its flavors fade away nicely. This is a very versatile Chardonnay that would pair with many foods. I would pair it with a chicken and wild mushroom ravioli with a light cream sauce."

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