Echelon Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

$9.29 $7.99
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Item No. 102606
  • white wine
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1997
  • WS86
  • RP86

Winemaker's Notes

To capture the purity of the fruit, we harvested the grapes at the peak of ripeness, when their aromas and flavors were at optimum maturity. We utilized partial malolactic fermentation, which converted the tart malic acids to creamy lactic acids, imparting roundness to the midpalate. Sur lie aging, which further enhanced the richness of aromas and flavors, was followed by 10 months of aging in American and French oak for added texture and complexity.

Fresh tropical and pear aromas join fragrant notes of oak on the nose of our 2008 Chardonnay. The supple, rounded midpalate is laden with fresh pineapple and guava interspersed with honeysuckle and brown spice that lift the fruit. Bright citrus and green pear develop across the finish, leaving a refreshing finale. With its versatility, this wine pairs well with a wide range of dishes from chicken Marsala to grilled halibut.

Learn About Echelon Map ItMap It

Combining the best fruit from friends" and neighbors" vineyards, Echelon produces serious wines for everyday drinking. To obtain this exceptional fruit, Echelon pioneered the development of long-term contracts with growers in emerging regions, including areas within California"s Central Coast and the Clarksburg appellation"s Esperanza Vineyard. Echelon"s winery is located in San...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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