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This wine comes from our two estate vineyards; Bien Nacido and Le Bon Climat. The wine combines old school Chardonnay from K Block at Bien Nacido
and the newer planting at Le Bon Climat. Bien Nacido K block was planted in the early 70s with the UC Davis clone 4. This clone when grown in the cool Santa Maria Valley ripens with bracing acidity. The newer Chardonnay clones planted at Le Bon Climat in 1998 have riper flavors at lower sugars when compared to the UC Davis clones. 2006 was a cool vintage, the grapes for this wine were picked nearly two weeks later than normal. The final blend is 2/3 Bien Nacido and 1/3 Le Bon Climat. This is the richest and roundest of all the Au Bon Climat Chardonnays. Don't be fooled by the upfront flavors, the finish is bright with palette cleansing
"Extremely rich and ripe, with tremendous pineapple, pear, mango and white flower flavors that have been liberally oaked. Shows a touch of bitterness in the finish, which is probably the result of its age. Still, it’s a flamboyant, impressive Chardonnay, like a magnificent old tapestry that's fraying a bit around the edges"
"The bright, fresh core of red fruit flavors (think apples and strawberries) gives this chardonnay a sense of vibrancy. To get that freshness, Jim Clendenen sources grapes from two cool-climate vineyards, Bien Nacido and his estate, Le Bon Climat, both planted in the loose alluvial soils of Santa Maria Valley. The brisk flavors last, growing deeper and more pronounced with air. It feels floral and lifted on the finish, a playful and delicious balance between fruit and mineral expression. For grilled pork tenderloin."
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