Santa Barbara County, California
Santa Barbara County has the climate and terroir that allows Au Bon Climat to consistently make balanced and lively Chardonnays year after year. The 2022 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay is from five well-farmed vineyards: Bien Nacido Vineyard, Los Alamos Vineyard, Rancho Real, Gold Coast and Premier Coastal Vineyard.
The fruit is hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard. After harvesting, the grapes are whole cluster pressed, and juice is quickly settled, chilled, and put to barrel. Barrel fermentation and malo-lactic fermentation are completed. Sur lie barrel aging in somewhat neutral François Frères barrels for 8 months provides an intriguing spice note of clove and nutmeg. The following summer the lots are blended and wine bottled.