Au Bon Climat

Santa Barbara County Chardonnay

9.024 ratings
9.07 pro ratings
Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Jae Cho

I’m impressed. Post-malolactic pear and apple w/ popcorn in a taut package. $20 at MV.

I’m impressed. Post-malolactic pear and apple w/ popcorn in a taut package. $20 at MV.

May 9th, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

After Jim Clendenen graduated with a pre-law degree in ’76, he was assistant winemaker at Zaca Mesa Winery for the 1978 harvest, and in 1981 he pulled a “triathlon” and handled three harvests in one year as Jim worked crush and directed the harvest at wineries in Australia and France. Small crop, early ripening with concentrated fruit, aromas of tropical fruits and toasty notes. On the palate fresh pineapple and pear with oak tones, a bit creamy, almost buttery, a bit overdone, but still a good value. Medium finish with a round mouthfeel and bits of mineral on the ending. Tasting Sample.

After Jim Clendenen graduated with a pre-law degree in ’76, he was assistant winemaker at Zaca Mesa Winery for the 1978 harvest, and in 1981 he pulled a “triathlon” and handled three harvests in one year as Jim worked crush and directed the harvest at wineries in Australia and France. Small crop, early ripening with concentrated fruit, aromas of tropical fruits and toasty notes. On the palate fresh pineapple and pear with oak tones, a bit creamy, almost buttery, a bit overdone, but still a good value. Medium finish with a round mouthfeel and bits of mineral on the ending. Tasting Sample.

Apr 15th, 2019
Joakim Andersson

Wonderful complexity with a great balance between fresh pineapple and apple and buttery popcorn. Nice minerality too!

Wonderful complexity with a great balance between fresh pineapple and apple and buttery popcorn. Nice minerality too!

Sep 24th, 2018
Meg Herring

Tasted blind. It was clearly a Calif chardo but I have to say it was quite balanced and the oak was integrated.

Tasted blind. It was clearly a Calif chardo but I have to say it was quite balanced and the oak was integrated.

Jul 10th, 2018
Bob Yoon

Love everything they make.

Love everything they make.

Oct 21st, 2018
Andrew Allen

Favorite Chardonnay now...over ripe stone fruit/ mild butta/ ima stop...I just love this wine

Favorite Chardonnay now...over ripe stone fruit/ mild butta/ ima stop...I just love this wine

Sep 13th, 2018
Richard Turner

Lovely deep Chardonnay. Buttery with coconut flavour too.

Lovely deep Chardonnay. Buttery with coconut flavour too.

Aug 25th, 2018
John Bluemke

Both of us actually liked a Chardonnay

Both of us actually liked a Chardonnay

Aug 11th, 2018
Nick Ferrall

Great texture without being overwhelmed by oak. Jim C. remains the master of elegant balance.

Great texture without being overwhelmed by oak. Jim C. remains the master of elegant balance.

Aug 8th, 2018
Julie Hourigan

Julie had this 5 months ago

Julie had this 5 months ago

Dec 13th, 2018