Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley 2018
The fruit is barrel fermented in François Frères barrels, 50% new, and aged for about 12 months prior to bottling. The flavour 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
"This is winemaker Jim Clendenen's take on the region's most important vineyard; This vineyard is known for Chardonnay with a flinty, crisp structure and complex nature. The 2018 is unusually forward yet well constructed, with a creamy, supple texture along with wonderfully expressive fruit. Drinking beautifully now."
(Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2020)
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