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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Edna Valley Vineyard Paragon Chardonnay 2006
Edna Valley Vineyard Paragon Chardonnay 2006
(search item no. 91081)

PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $12.49

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Edna Valley Chardonnay is known for conveying a distinctive sense of place. As is typical of good Chardonnays, they use techniques like barrel fermentation, malolactic fermentation, lees stirring and aging in new oak barrels. Their goal is to balance these winemaking techniques with the unique flavors that come from growing Chardonnay in Edna Valley.

The 2006 Chardonnay offers smoky aromas of vanillin oak and sweet spice balanced by white peach, pineapple and citrus notes. On the palate, full, round flavors of white peach and citrus are accompanied by a subtle minerality on the long finish.

Enjoy this wine paired with creamy pastas, baked sea bass, seared scallops and roast chicken with lemon and herbs.

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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.