Au Bon Climat "Los Alamos" Chardonnay
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Au Bon Climat "Los Alamos" Chardonnay - 2019

Item # 64124 750mL
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A sophisticated, classically styled California Chardonnay. The buttery, creamy palate has tangy ripe fruits, mineral notes, and elegant balance.

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Staff Pick Notes

Winemaker Jim Clendenon abandoned a career in law after falling in love with French wine and food during a trip abroad in the 1970s. He has since become one of the most important modern American winemakers. Jim is known for his early championing of the Santa Barbara region, and also for his pioneering winemaking style that respects old-world tradition, but does not betray its American roots. Focused mainly on producing fresh, textural Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Au Bon Climat, or ‘well-exposed vineyard’, sources fruit from some of the most well-regarded vineyards on the Central Coast. Vineyards that are sustainably, if not organically, farmed. The 2018 SB County Chardonnay is the 35th release of this iconic wine. The fruit comes from plantings that average 25 years of age. It is hand-harvested, whole-cluster pressed, and fermented in barr

- DK

About the Producer

Santa Barbara County, California, USA Jim Clendenen graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with High Honors in Pre-Law in 1976. He discovered the world of wine suring his junior year abroad in 1974, while turning 21 in France.. After graduation, a one month stay in both Burgundy and Champagne convinced him to attempt a career in wine rather than continue on to law...

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Astor's Glossary of Terms


California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking...

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