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Clendenen Le Bon Climat Chardonnay

Clendenen
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750 mL
Wine Type
White Still Wine
RegionCentral Coast California
Alcohol Level
Country
United States
SubregionSanta Maria Valley
Drinking Window
GrapesChardonnay
Wine Description:
Clendenen Le Bon Climat Chardonnay is a premium wine produced by the family of the late winemaker Jim Clendenen from the Au Bon Climat Winery in Santa Maria Valley, California. The vineyard is known for its cool climate due to oceanic proximity, which imparts a distinct fresh character to the wine. The winemaking process involves hand-harvesting and whole-cluster pressing, followed by fermentation in French oak barrels. The focus of the project is to allow the wines the time needed to reach optimal expression more than the commercial timing of the releases. The resulting wine is rich and complex, with notes of ripe fruit, vanilla, and toasted oak. It has a balanced acidity and a long, smooth finish. This Chardonnay is a perfect example of the high-quality wines that can be produced in the Santa Maria Valley appellation. Read more
Pros:
  • Complex aromas of ripe apple, citrus fruits, and stonefruits
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Cons:
  • A bit too buttery for some palates
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User Rating:

4.3
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Expert Rating:

4.5

Wine Expert Note:

This Clendenen Le Bon Climat Chardonnay is a bright, medium-bodied white wine that expresses aromas of fresh-cut apples and citrus fruits on the nose. On the palate, it has a creamy texture framed by vibrant acidity and a hint of vanilla. The finish is elegant and lingering. Enjoy this wine with grilled seafood and creamy pastas. Read more
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The alcohol level in wine is a measure of the amount of alcohol present in the beverage. The degree of heat or ‘burn’ at the back of the throat is roughly proportional to the amount of alcohol consumed. It ranges from Very Low to Very High.
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Wine intensity is a measure of the concentration of flavor and aroma compounds in a wine.The stronger and more noticeable the flavors and aromas are, the higher the intensity of the wine. Intensity in wine can range from neutral (not particularly intense) to pronounced (high intensity).
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Wine body refers to the weight and texture of wine on the palate. In other words, it is the degree of body a wine has, ranging from light-bodied to full-bodied. Wines with higher body appear to have a thicker texture and can sometimes coat the palate.
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Wine acidity refers to the tartness of a wine, which gives a tingling sensation on the side of the tongue. A metallic-like sharp taste is also associated with high acidity. Sometimes a high level of sweetness, such as in luscious dessert wines, can disguise a high level of acidity. Acidity can range from soft to searing.
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Wine tannin gives wine its textural mouthfeel and astringency. Tannin is a natural compound found in grape skins, seeds, and stems. It contributes to the structure and helps to balance out the sweetness of the fruit. Tannins are usually discussed when it comes to red wines, even though some white and rosé wines with certain wine making techniques can also contain tannins.
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