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Au Bon Climat ‘s 2018 Chardonnay from the Sanford and Benedict Vineyard is a beautifully complex young wine, offering up lovely precision on both the nose and palate. The wine comes in at a svelte 13.5 percent octane in this vintage. The refined bouquet wafts from the glass in a mix of apple, fresh pineapple, a touch of lemon zest, salty minerality, a touch of beeswax, gentle savory elements that hint at wild fennel, citrus blossoms and a suave framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and complex, with an excellent core, seamless balance, zesty acids and a long, vibrant and very classy finish. This is outstanding chardonnay!
The 2018 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Santa Barbara Historic Vineyards Collection is creamy and ample, with pretty floral notes that lend complexity. This is one of the richer, creamier wines readers will find from this part of the old-vine section of Sanford & Benedict. A few hours of aeration brings out gorgeous textural richness to play off the wine's natural brilliance.