2011 Fossil Point Edna Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1145085 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 A rewarding deal from the ocean-influenced vineyards of Edna Valley, this project by Nathan Carlson (general manager of the much higher- priced Center of Effort winery) delivers honey, salted nuts, tangerine zest and crushed limestone on the nose. Salinity is present on the palate, along with a lemon zing that lingers. Best Buy. —M.K.

K&L Notes

Fossil Point is named for the rugged headland in San Luis Obispo County which features sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Central Coast. The winery's estate vineyard is located five miles inland in Edna Valley with its soil of ancient calcareous shale which was uplifted from the sea floor millennia ago.

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2014 | Send Email
A tasty and easy to drink Chardonnay. There is nice fruit that is balanced out with a refreshing finish. It is not a big, heavy wine but is more medium-bodied. The Fossil Point Chardonnay will be enjoyable alone or with fish and fowl.

Staff Image By: Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2014 | Send Email
We have seen a tremendous amount of good Chardonnay coming from the Edna Valley region over the last couple of vintages. Fossil Point needs to be included in that group. Light cedar and a touch of butter married well with bright tropical fruit, and a lovely touch of acidity rounds it out. This is a wonderful Chardonnay for the price and should be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2014 | Send Email
Because of its proximity to the ocean, Edna Valley has always been an excellent showcase for reliable, deliciously well-made Central Coast Chardonnays, often promising luscious, full-flavored fruit and balanced acidity. Fossil Point has fulfilled this tradition in an expressive wine brimming with flavors of orange rind, dried pineapple, and comice pear, complemented by a delicate creme brulee note and welcome acidity. A good match for slow-roasted chicken, baked fennel casserole or picnic ham.

Staff Image By: Patrick Cu | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2014 | Send Email
What do people want when summer arrives? Delicious white wines for the warmer weather. Fossil Point has us covered for that here with their 2011 Chardonnay. It offers scents of baked apples, lime citrus, and a touch of honey. The palate is lightly buttery with generous notes of honeyed pear, pineapple, and gentle acidity. There is enough body and weight to this wine to enjoy it with a meal, but the low price will allow most to have it anytime and for any reason. It is an extremely good deal at $12. For California Chardonnay fans, this is one to have around the house.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2