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Au Bon Climat Sanford and Benedict Historic Vineyard Collection 2007

Au Bon Climat Sanford and Benedict Historic Vineyard Collection 2007

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

Price: $30.00 $26.99
Save $3.01 (10%)
Item No. 106377
  • WE95
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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Winemaker's Notes

For a region known for its cool climate fruit, Santa Rita Hills appellation is HOT right now, and global warming has nothing to do with it. Sanford and Benedict is the oldest planted vineyard in the appellation. An amazing location with the perfect combination of soil, climate and exposure, it set the standard for the region. ABC has always made a Sanford and Benedict Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as the grapes lend themselves to our style of wine making. Unlike any other California Chardonnay. The minerality and complexity of flavors dominates this wine, a perfect choice for Chablis lovers.

The 2007 exhibits pear and apple aromas together with a touch of vanillin and lees from extended barrel aging in French oak barrels. Balance is shown in all aspects of this wine: the leesy aroma is balanced with the apple-y aromas, the acidity is balanced with mouth filling richness, and the restraint is balanced with the underlying power.

Critical Acclaim

"About as rich and flamboyant as California Chardonnay gets, a wine that blows you away with sheer pyrotechnic wizardry. Massive in grilled pineapples, mangoes, Key lime pie, vanilla honey, crème caramel and dusty spices, accented with perfect acidity. "
95 Points

Learn About Au Bon Climat Map ItMap It

Au Bon Climat was created to produce high quality handcrafted wine from the traditional Burgundian varietals. They are one of the few California wineries to explore the gamut of these varieties: Aligote, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery is located within the Bien Nacido Vineyard, the source of the majority of their fruit.

Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

Read More About Central Coast

Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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