Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Edna Valley Vineyards Paragon Edna Valley San Luis Obispo Chardonnay, 2005

Edna Valley Chardonnay is now widely available for under $10 a bottle, and it's a good value for those who like a barrel fermented style of Chardonnay. Edna Valley is a good appellation for Chardonnay, but the dominant character of this wine comes from barrel fermentation and aging in 90 percent new French oak. The vintage on the market right now is the 2008, but the 2005 is still drinking well, nearing the end of its maturity curve.

The color is medium deep gold, and the wine is generally showing more maturity than it did last April. Aromas and flavors offer up brown butter and apples and still a hint of lime and white peaches. Barrel fermentation has given the wine a creamy texture that fills the mouth.

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