75cl * 13.5% ABV * Santa Barbara, California
Another in the long line of high quality, hand crafted, Santa Barbara County Chardonnays from Au Bon Climat. Santa Barbara County has the climate and terrior to allow Au Bon Climat to consistently make balanced and lively wines. This wine keeps on evolving, from delicious and fresh at release to a richer more complex wine with age.
This Chardonnay is from four well-farmed vineyards: Bien Nacido, Sierra Madre, Los Alamos and Rancho Vinedo with the average age of the vines being over 25 years old, which is pretty old compared to most vineyards in that area.
The grapes are carefully handpicked and sorted in the vineyard. After harvesting, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, and the juice is quickly settled and chilled to begin barrel fermentation.
Au Bon Climat has been making balanced, food-friendly Chardonnays since 1982. Even in the early 2000s when ripe, oaky Chardonnays were all the rage, Au Bon Climat stuck to a more subtle and refined style, with minerality and intensity. The 2019 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay is a beautiful example of the Au Bon Climat style. The flinty, stony aromas stand out while in the background is a hard spice note from barrel aging. There are notes of lemon-lime and soft vanilla. At this young age, this wine would be perfect with shellfish or poultry. It will improve for at least 10 years and as it evolves, try it with chanterelle mushroom pasta and be amazed.