Au Bon Climat

Santa Barbara Historic Vineyards Collection Los Alamos Vineyards Chardonnay

9.085 ratings
9.214 pro ratings
Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Eric Urbani

Love this vineyard and wine maker.

Love this vineyard and wine maker.

Oct 5th, 2020
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 3 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 3 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.

Feb 13th, 2019
Max Gottesfeld

Lemon custard and dusty citrus with just slight touches of toast. Light crisp touches of oak. Fantastic it’s so close to burgundy it’s insane.

Lemon custard and dusty citrus with just slight touches of toast. Light crisp touches of oak. Fantastic it’s so close to burgundy it’s insane.

Oct 22nd, 2017
David L

15' Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Los Alamos Vineyard.

15' Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Los Alamos Vineyard.

Sep 24th, 2017
Michael Chelus

Apple, lemon curd, blood orange, apricot, honey, oak and hints of toasted almond. Great acidity and light-bodied.

Apple, lemon curd, blood orange, apricot, honey, oak and hints of toasted almond. Great acidity and light-bodied.

1 person found it helpfulJul 8th, 2020
Lyn Farmer

This bottling is created expressly for Daniel Boulud restaurants. Clean, pretty pale gold, with a forward nose redolent of apple and yellow fruit augmented by well balanced oak. All continues on the palate with a lovely silly texture. Fruity without being cloying. Nice long finish. A bit light on acidity for food pairing

This bottling is created expressly for Daniel Boulud restaurants. Clean, pretty pale gold, with a forward nose redolent of apple and yellow fruit augmented by well balanced oak. All continues on the palate with a lovely silly texture. Fruity without being cloying. Nice long finish. A bit light on acidity for food pairing

Jul 11th, 2015
mattswineworld

Creamy & oaky, great with chicken. Rich but balanced in true Au Bon Climat style.

Creamy & oaky, great with chicken. Rich but balanced in true Au Bon Climat style.

May 23rd, 2015
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

9.0

Reminiscent of the Hirsch chard. Really good.

Reminiscent of the Hirsch chard. Really good.

Mar 2nd, 2015
Eric Crane

Light color. Buttered popcorn, vanilla, oak. Low acid, smooth, lingers some.

Light color. Buttered popcorn, vanilla, oak. Low acid, smooth, lingers some.

Jan 22nd, 2013
Mark Rosse

Rich with some toasty, buttery middle palate. Still showing well!

Rich with some toasty, buttery middle palate. Still showing well!

Nov 14th, 2021