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2009 Edna Valley Paragon Chardonnay

March 9, 2012 - Norman Bentley

The Edna Valley is located just a few miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, near San Louis Obispo, where the growing season is longer than most Chardonnay regions in California. The climate seems to be very good for Chardonnay, since there have been some really good vintages from the Edna Valley Winery over the last few decades. The 2009 Edna Valley Paragon Chardonnay is one of many fine examples over the years, which have established a reputation for consistency, for the winery and the Paragon Vineyard.

We enjoyed a bottle the other night with a rich fish chowder, which contained fish, crab, and shrimp, and it was delightful. This is a fragrant wine whose powerful aroma leaps out of the glass and takes control of you senses from the very beginning. The flavors abound with big layers of pear, apricot, and pineapple being the most dominate. The finish is suggestive of oak, with vanilla and spice, which continue into a clean lingering aftertaste. The alcohol level is a pleasant 13.9%.

This would be a great companion for almost any fish or fowl dish, and while it was great with our fish chowder, I can imagine that it would be even better with something more powerful, like bouillabaisse. Norm's score is 90.

Score: 90

Price: $10 - $13


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