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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Edna Valley Vineyard Paragon Chardonnay 2005
Edna Valley Vineyard Paragon Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 87393)

PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $14.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Edna Valley Chardonnay is noteworthy for its sense of place. As is typical of good Chardonnays, they use techniques such as barrel fermentation, malolactic fermentation, lees stirring and the use of new oak barrels. The goal is to balance these things with the uniqueness that comes from growing Chardonnay at Paragon Vineyard.

The wine's smoky aromas of vanilla oak and sweet spice balance the lush white peach and citrus aromas. The white peach and citrus notes and the subtle minerality of the finish are to be respected and even shown off, enhanced by fullness on the palate and length of finish.

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About Edna Valley Vineyard:

Located just four miles from the Pacific Ocean near San Luis Obispo, Edna Valley Vineyard benefits from the coolest and longest growing season in California. The valley’s east-west orientation funnels afternoon sea breezes so the grapes slowly ripen on the vine. This prolonged hangtime allows the grapes to develop generous flavors and outstanding balance. Predominantly sandstone and shale-derived soils contribute mineral nuances to the lush, layered fruit of Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay.

This pioneering winery is the result of a partnership between Chalone Wine Group and Paragon Vineyard, and defines the Central Coast appellation for which it is named. Founded in 1980 as the Edna Valley appellation's first producer of estate-grown Chardonnay, Edna Valley Vineyard also quickly established the region’s Pinot Noir credentials. While relying on artisan winemaking, Edna Valley Vineyard continues to innovate in the new millennium, introducing one of the region’s first Syrahs and—with the addition of the latest clones and trellis systems in the vineyard and a modernized, state-of-the-art winery—adding new luster to its popular mainstays.

Edna Valley Vineyard lies at the heart of the Edna Valley American Viticulture Area, established in 1982. The winery's Jack Niven Hospitality Center enables visitors to sample delicious wines amid this beautiful landscape.