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The Central Coast is most known for the fine Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs produced in the area. We have selected a few that are very representative as well as offering great value in the under $20.00 range. The Central Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) stretches roughly 250 miles along the coastline of California, from San Francisco County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the south, averaging about 25 miles in width. This is a very large AVA, encompassing approximately four million acres, of which 90,300 acres are planted to wine grapes. The region produces almost 15 percent of the state’s total wine grape production and is home to about 360 wineries. So much to choose from.
2012 Sean Minor Chardonnay, Central Coast
LIST PRICE 12.00; OUR PRICE 9.99
This fine value displays aromas of white peach, pears and tropical nuances with subtle notes of butter. On the entry, pear, pineapple and green apple flavors are framed by nice acidity which integrates well with the medium body mouth feel. Those same fruit flavors evolve into a hint of minerality that adds complexity to the lengthy finish.
2010 Bianchi Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County
LIST PRICE 14.00; OUR PRICE 10.99
This wine captures and accentuates the beautiful Santa Barbara tropical/stone fruit qualities with 46% tank fermentation. Bianchi retains the traditional rich mouth-feel and long finish with 54% sur lies aging and weekly batonnage. French oak has kissed a majority of this Chardonnay. Enjoy with pan seared Dover sole and a host of other seafoods.
2010 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County
LIST PRICE 22.00; OUR PRICE 19.50
Burgundian in sensibility but with California style is one way of describing Jim Clendenen’s Chardonnays: structure and restraint melded with bountiful opulence. Au Bon Climat follows a natural, minimal interventionist winemaking approach that incorporates whole cluster pressing, fermentation in neutral French oak, sur-lie ageing, and bottling without fining or filtration to yield a Chardonnay with texture, nuance, and finesse. The wine shows citrus, stone fruit, smooth and integrated flavors that are creamy, with apricot, apple, and lemon nuances.
2012 Sean Minor Pinot Noir, Central Coast
LIST PRICE 13.99; OUR PRICE 11.99
The grapes were harvested at optimal maturity, then de-stemmed and gently placed into open-top stainless steel fermenters and cold soaked for 3 days prior to initiating fermentation. Sean’s Pinot Noir displays aromas of cherry, strawberry, and raspberry fruit with a hint of earthy notes. On the palate, the Pinot offers bright flavors of strawberry and cherry combined with hints of tobacco. The bright acidity combined with sweet oak results in a lingering finish.
2011 Pietra Santa Pinot Noir, Cienega Valley
LIST PRICE 18.00; OUR PRICE 14.99
The 2011 Estate Pinot Noir has a bouquet of fresh lavender and flavors of wild strawberries and raspberries. A lingering finish of subtle spice and earth round out the finish. Drink this wine as an apéritif or pair with grilled salmon or roasted chicken. It can handle additional cellaring for 3+ years.
2011 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County
LIST PRICE 22.00; OUR PRICE 19.99
Jim Clendenen enjoys the fact that he was named “Winemaker of the World” by Germany’s leading wine magazine, Wein Gourmet. Clendenen’s easy-drinking “ABC SB Pinot” is a perennial good value, a balanced Central Coast Pinot that, as ABC unpretentiously suggests pairs just fine with “left-over roast chicken.” It is a blend from Bien Nacido, Rancho Vinedo, Garey, Le Bon Climat, Los Alamos Vineyard and Kick, and a 15% addition of Mondeuse from Bien Nacido.