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Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay 1998

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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Winemaker Notes

Gentle winemaking techniques were used such as barrel fermentation at cool temperatures, sur lie aging in small French oak barrels and weekly batonage (stirring of the lees). To add complexity, a variety of yeasts were used in primary fermentation and the wine was encouraged to undergo malolactic fermentation as well. Soft but evident acids and a variety of spice and fruit nuances result. A gentle fining with natural ingredients add richness and depth while integrating the components of oak, fruit, spice, and acids. The initial impression is a fruit forward wine (peaches and pineapple) with underlying tones of butterscotch, coconut, and hazelnut in the mid-palate and banana dominating the extra long finish.

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Edna Valley Vineyard

Edna Valley Vineyard

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Edna Valley Vineyard, Central Coast, California
1998 Chardonnay
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.

Central Coast

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of the state's wine. The sprawling district covers most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara from the coast inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley. Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types, and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including Monterey, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Cruz Mountains.

Just about every major international grape variety is planted within this vast AVA, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. A significant proportion of the region’s produce is generic, inexpensive bulk wine, but the Central Coast is also home to many small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as everything in between.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

NDF615444_1998 Item# 6039

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