Au Bon Climat

Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Chardonnay

9.160 ratings
9.116 pro ratings
Santa Ynez Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Eric Urbani

Always reliable from Jim.

Always reliable from Jim.

Jan 10th, 2021
Josh Morgenthau

Singing. Butterscotch candy and sourdough crust nose. Steely. A little sweetness balanced by great acidity. Oaky vanilla flavors. Sublime chardonnay with an unbelievably long finish.

Singing. Butterscotch candy and sourdough crust nose. Steely. A little sweetness balanced by great acidity. Oaky vanilla flavors. Sublime chardonnay with an unbelievably long finish.

Nov 10th, 2020
David L

In your face Chardonnay. Lemon core, orange peel, sprinkle in a bit of vanilla bean. Striking fresh acidity.
It’s got a decade plus in it. Under $35 , this Chardonnay will only get better with a little more time in the bottle. Looking forward to opening my 2015’s 😉

In your face Chardonnay. Lemon core, orange peel, sprinkle in a bit of vanilla bean. Striking fresh acidity.
It’s got a decade plus in it. Under $35 , this Chardonnay will only get better with a little more time in the bottle. Looking forward to opening my 2015’s 😉

Sep 28th, 2018
Ken Pearlman

District Prestige Manager for Metro NY Treasury Wine Estates (TWE)

9.6

Fantastic! Notes of toasted almonds and light caramel! Yummy!

Fantastic! Notes of toasted almonds and light caramel! Yummy!

Apr 19th, 2016
Adam Ehmer

Honeydew, pear, lemon, nutmeg, mallow. Acid lingers nicely and so does a richer waxy feel

Honeydew, pear, lemon, nutmeg, mallow. Acid lingers nicely and so does a richer waxy feel

Apr 30th, 2014
Brett Pallesen

ABC S&B

ABC S&B

Apr 19th, 2014
DCH
9.1

I don’t drink much Chardonnay. This was a very pleasant one. High acidity, citrus peel on the nose and great structure. Some evidence of new oak, but nothing over the top.

I don’t drink much Chardonnay. This was a very pleasant one. High acidity, citrus peel on the nose and great structure. Some evidence of new oak, but nothing over the top.

Aug 28th, 2019
Brendan OConnell

Great Chardonnay. Well balanced with citrus notes.

Great Chardonnay. Well balanced with citrus notes.

Apr 27th, 2019
Moin Rastegar,C.S.W

Chablis like Chardonnay, single vineyard
Coolest vineyard for this winery! Very impressed by this!

Chablis like Chardonnay, single vineyard
Coolest vineyard for this winery! Very impressed by this!

Feb 9th, 2018
Narun P

100% Chardonnay

Medium straw color. Fresh, clear, and transparent.

Sophisticated bouquet showing more restrained fruit profile backed up by clear stone-y/minerally characters.

Structurally, this wine is not as robust as the Los Alamos bottling tasted alongside of it. Med to med low acidity, med body (13.5 abv), dry. Reserved fruit profile of Asian pear and yellow apple. A hint of oak spices such as thyme and cilantro. Pronounced mineral, almost saline notes.

This bottling is rather flat when compared with the Los Alamos. Jim Clendenen said he intentionally made this in a "non-fruit" style that he prefers. Need at least 7 years before this is ready for business. 90+.

100% Chardonnay

Medium straw color. Fresh, clear, and transparent.

Sophisticated bouquet showing more restrained fruit profile backed up by clear stone-y/minerally characters.

Structurally, this wine is not as robust as the Los Alamos bottling tasted alongside of it. Med to med low acidity, med body (13.5 abv), dry. Reserved fruit profile of Asian pear and yellow apple. A hint of oak spices such as thyme and cilantro. Pronounced mineral, almost saline notes.

This bottling is rather flat when compared with the Los Alamos. Jim Clendenen said he intentionally made this in a "non-fruit" style that he prefers. Need at least 7 years before this is ready for business. 90+.

Jul 13th, 2017