A Good Value Chardonnay

Edna Valley 2011 Chardonnay.1by Andrew Chalk

California’s Central Coast might be described as ‘antifragile’. Its soils seem to adapt to a large range of grape varieties so as tastes change, so can the varietal mix. A case in point is the 2011 Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay from California’s Central Coast AVA (American Viticultural Area). It is a fairly large production wine (a quarter of a million cases) that nonetheless manages to express the characteristics of New World fruit and a light touch of oak that will assure it a large audience. It is widely available in Dallas and has a suggested retail price of $15.

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