2008 Stephen Ross Edna Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1068356

92 points and an "Editors' Choice" from Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "A deliciously complex Chardonnay, nearly as good as the winery’s single-vineyard wines, which makes it a great value. Smooth and clean, it shows vanilla cream, pineapple tart, Key lime pie and buttered toast flavors. Vibrant acidity keeps it all uplifted and bright." (5/1/2011) From Wine Spectator: "Fresh, intense and vibrant, offering a mix of spice, floral scents, honeydew melon and light vanilla-scented oak. Drink now through 2013. 713 cases made." (Web Only, 2010)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/9/2011  | Send Email
Extremely classy California Chardonnay here, made by Steve Dooley, former President/winemaker at Edna Valley Vineyards. The fruit is sourced from from two southwest facing sites that are fairly calcareous, which accounts for the mineral backbone supporting this rich and full Chardonnay. The nose greets you with aromas of ripe tropical fruit aromas, creamy vanilla, and brioche; the palate, though creamy and broad, also has acidity and finishes clean and crisp, a clear nod to Burgundy. It is lighter and more food-friendly on the palate than the nose suggests. Any lover of Chardonnay, be it from California or Burgundy, can appreciate the flavor, texture, and balance of this finely crafted wine. One of our best California Chardonnays under $20 in stock right now.

By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/28/2011  | Send Email
One of the best ways to make great wine is to start with great fruit, and that is exactly what Stephen Ross has done with his new 2008 Edna Valley Chardonnay. Like reading as a who’s who of vineyards, this wine is composed of 54% Wolff Vineyard, 31% Oliver’s Vineyard, 15% Bien Nacido Vineyard fruit. This wonderful trio of sources has done wonders for this wine, with pretty aromas of fresh cooked flaky pastry dough and dried apricot. Building texture on the palate from the 25% new French oak that the wine rested in, this is a lovely medium weight Chardonnay full of flavors of Pink Lady apple, raw cashew, lemon preserves and layered butterscotch. It still has nice acidity on its entry and should never be confused with the throngs of lifeless over-blown domestic Chardonnays. This is easily one of the best wines I've ever seen from this producer.

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Chardonnay

- 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.
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United States

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California

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5