AU BON CLIMAT Chardonnay, Sanford & Benedict 2018 CASE x 12 Bottles - PRE-RELEASE
White Still Wine | America | California | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Santa Ynez Valley - 13.5%abv
"The 2018 Sanford and Benedict Chardonnay has a fine, fresh lemon-scented nose with a sea-salt top note. The palate is pure, precise and fine with a beautiful balance of citrus fruit with the gentle toast of oak. The freshness of the wine gives it vibrancy whilst the red apple and lemon zest notes give way to a stony, mineral and saline core. The creamy texture draws the palate out towards a long and complex finish with all elements in perfect counterpoint. This is a beautifully harmonious wine which expresses both the excellent terroir of this vineyard and the wine making skill of Jim Clendenen and his team. Drink 2021-2030." - Catriona Felstead MW
Au Bon Climat
The first “great“ vineyard in Santa Barbara County was planted by Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict in 1971, first with Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling, then later with Pinot Noir vines from Karl Wente. The Burgundian varieties had found a home in Santa Barbara County. With a mantle of hard, siliceous chert-gravel covering deep, well-drained soils, it is a perfect medium for Pinot and Chardonnay. Sanford & Benedict is primarily planted with Pinot Noir (68 acres) and Chardonnay (52 acres).
Au Bon Climat was lucky enough to buy a few tons grapes from Michael Benedict in the mid 1980s, and since then, Au Bon Climat has received grapes from this vineyard every year except 1990 when the vineyard was in transition. As the “new” winemaking crowd discovered and consequently worshiped this vineyard, demand for Sanford and Benedict grapes has skyrocketed. Au Bon Climat still buys some Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the original plantings of this vineyard as we have for the last 23 years. Only Sanford Winery has that kind of “history “with this vineyard.
The flavor profile for this well structured Chardonnay is in the subtle pear and apple realm with accents of lavender and anise from the time in barrel. The citrusy notes of lemon and orange will evolve into more of a mineral and saline quality. Over time, additional flavors and aromas will emerge as the wine expands. As a young Chardonnay, this wine pairs well with any fish, salmon to trout. With age the wine matches will increase to dishes with mushrooms and game birds.
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Delivery - Autumn 2021
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