Saturday, June 12, 2010

Edna Valley San Luis Obispo County Paragon Chardonnay, 2007

The label talks about the special qualities of the Edna Valley appellation, but I'm still getting mostly oak-influenced qualities. It's a medium to deep yellow, and the very limey French oak nose carries over to the flavors. It has a creamy mouthfeel, and the citric acidity (lime and grapefruit) provides a frame for the fruit. It's a pleasant wine for the table, but even at this stage of maturity, the oak still seems to dominate, and I'm doubtful that those white peach, green pear, mineral qualities I'm looking for will ever completely emerge. The zesty unoaked Faively Montagny (below) is more to my taste.

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