Tasting Date: 4/4/2012
Varietal: Chardonnay 2009
Country: Edna Valley, Calif
Tasting Date Price: $12.99
Alcohol Content: 13.9%
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Visual Aspect: Straw
Nose: Ripe peach, pear, apricot & pineapple fruit w/ underlying notes of cinnamon & caramel
Palate: Minerlaity & freshness in the mouth w/ med body weight & acidity. Complex oak program creates underlying notes of vanilla & baking spice w/ a long pleasing finish
Food Pairing: Chardonnay pairs with a variety of foods such as salmon with lentil salad, chicken tagine or pasta with spring peas and pancetta.
Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay is a wine that aims to showcase the Edna Valley itself. A complex oak program creates underlying notes of vanilla and baking spice. Appropriate acide shows the tropical fruit and inherent minerality found in Chardonnay grapes from the Edna Valley, and contributes to a long, pleasing finish.
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.