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2012 Au Bon Climat Hildegard White Table Wine

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Latest Sale Price

May 14, 2017 - $26

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RATINGS

93Vinous / IWC

...wonderfully nuanced and focused. Subtle orchard fruit, spice, mint, chamomile, French oak and white flower nuances take shape in the glass. The flavors are bright and lively throughout, with a dash of white pepper that adds to the wine's high-toned personality.

92Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of musk melon, orange rose petals, crushed chalk and candied peaches lead into a palate powered by sea salt-laced nectarines, ripe red apples and honeydew, all tied together with proper acidity.

REGION

United States, California, South Coast, Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Valley

Santa Barbara County is not an AVA, but a region just south of San Luis Obispo that includes the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley appellations. Wine has been produced in the area since the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted vineyards. It wasn’t until the 1990s, however, that producers focused on growing premier grapes for fine wines. During the 1990s more than 10,000 acres of vineyards were planted, and today there are nearly 20,000 acres of vineyards. The region received a big bump in recognition and prestige when the popular film “Sideways” was shot there in 2004. Because the region is affected by maritime weather, it is relatively cool climate makes it ideal for Chardonnay. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and an increasingly adventuresome number of varietals are also grown successfully in Santa Barbara County.