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Date Printed: 9/15/2014
Edna Valley Vineyard Paragon Chardonnay 2008
Edna Valley Vineyard Paragon Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 101097)

PRICE ON 9/15/2014: $15.49

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2008 Chardonnay captures the essence of the Edna Valley, showcasing complex peach, pear and tropical flavors that have developed slowly on the vine. A refined, terroir-driven minerality dances through the silky midpalate, joined by caramel, clove and cinnamon. Gentle winemaking leaves a subtle impression of creaminess and balances the bright fruit that carries through the finish. A wine that offers a little bit of everything, this appealing Chardonnay pairs with a variety of foods such as salmon with lentil salad, chicken tagine or pasta with spring peas and pancetta.

We harvested whole clusters and then gently pressed the grapes and separated the free-run from the press-fraction juice. To build structure and balance while maintaining vibrant fruit expression, we utilized partial barrel fermentation, extensive sur lie aging and just a touch of malolactic fermentation. We aged the wine in small oak barrels, retaining 20 percent in stainless steel for a splash of brightness.

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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.