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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Au Bon Climat Sanford and Benedict Historic Vineyard Collection 2008
Au Bon Climat Sanford and Benedict Historic Vineyard Collection 2008
(search item no. 107403)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit for this wine comes from the oldest section of Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, planted in the early 70's. This vineyard has a high degree of calcified marine deposits in the soil, the vineyard orientation is a very cool northern-facing site, and the cool ocean breezes in what is now the Sta. Rita Hills appellation (a sub-appellation of the Santa Ynez valley) all combine for compelling terroir exhibited in the wines from Sanford and Benedict Vineyard.

The 2008 harvest was typical, we would generally pick Chardonnay from Sanford and Benedict Vineyards towards the end of September. After hand-picking, whole cluster pressing and complete primary and malo-lactic fermentation in the barrel, which are 50% new French, the wine was aged sur-lee for 12 months in these same barrels. The final product is a wine of balance and restraint with underlying power. You can smell and taste the flinty soil. After bottle aging for a year the limey, lemony flavors and aromas are starting to become more apparent.

This is a wine that is great today, try it with lighter fare. The wine will easily age for 10 years. In the future pair this wine stone crab, or any shell fish.

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About Au Bon Climat:

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.