Off Topic: Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara California Chardonnay 2011 – $$$
I tried this, a couple of Californian Zinfandels and a Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon at a July 4th tasting at my local fine vinopolis. Brought this one home for dinner.
13.5% alc. Pale gold colour.
Angular, citrus nose. Phenolic characters, and mandarin and garden herbs.
Strong tertiary flavours, and butterscotch. Quite lean, minerally. A developed line of acidity in this one too.
Characterful and interesting, quite unlike a Kiwi Chardonnay, and for that I like.