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2007 Au Bon Climat "Hildegard" Santa Maria Valley White Wine

SKU #1093148 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark (55% pinot gris, 40% pinot blanc and 5% aligote): Bright yellow. Intense aromas of pit fruits, poached pear, honey and orange zest, with smoky oak notes and mounting spiciness. Rich and broad on the palate but there's surprising vivacity to the nectarine, pear and candied citrus flavors. Closes on a smoky, gently sweet note, with excellent persistence. I'd serve this intriguing wine with a rich, buttery poultry or shellfish dish. Inner quote mark (10/2011)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2007 Hildegard from Au Bon Climate (55% Pinot Gris, 40% Pinot Blanc and 5% Aligote) sports a healthy medium-gold color and offers terrific notes of buttered stone fruits, marzipan, brioche and toasted nuts. Fresh, elegant and beautifully layered and seamless on the palate, it has vibrant acidity and a great finish. It's a beautiful, mature wine to drink over the coming 4-7 years. (JebDunnuck.com) Inner quote mark (8/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2007 Hildegard is a unique wine made from 55% Pinot Beurot (Pinot Gris), 40% Pinot Blanc and 5% Aligote inspired by the composition of the Corton Charlemagne vineyard in Burgundy as it was believed to have been planted during Charlemagne’s reign as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. The Hildegard is a rich, textured white laced with white peaches, flowers, almond paste and subtle spiciness from the French oak. It shows lovely precision all the way through to the rich, creamy finish. Despite the wine’s generous, open texture, there is no sense of heaviness at all, except for the bottle itself. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015. Jim Clendenen is one of the pioneers of the Central Coast. At their best, his wines capture striking expressions of some of the region’s top sites deeply influenced by a huge passion and admiration for the great wines of Burgundy. Inner quote mark (8/2011)

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