Sunday, January 31, 2010
Edna Valley Vineyard San Luis Obispo Paragon Vineyard Chardonnary, 2007
The price seems to be creeping down for the Edna Valley Chardonnay, but I haven't noticed any dimunition in quality. This 2007, in fact, is one of the best in recent year. This is very much an oak-influenced New World Chardonnay, but the fruit is relatively crisp and lively--white peaches, lime, nutmeg plus vanilla and caramel. There is a nice citric edge to the fresh, fruit-driven aromas and flavors. Better acid and better fruit than I remember from the 2003 and 2005 vintages. For those vintages, I paid $12--on sale. The 2007 was $9.99, and I've seen a similar price for the 2008. Way to go Edna Valley.