Golden in color with a lovely rich chard nose. On the mid pallet this is a bold California style chard with lots of lovely vanilla and some butterscotch coming through. The wine has some lovely buttery and creamyness but not over baked. The finish is medium in length lingering nicely. This is a lovely chard. I would give it a solid 90. Yumm. There seems to be a reasonable amount of this available in the LCBO. I bet it will age nicely too!
From the LCBO web site:
EDNA VALLEY PARAGON CHARDONNAY 2009 VINTAGES 984153 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 19.95
Made in: California, USA By: E. & J. Gallo Winery
Release Date: Aug 4, 2012
Wine, White Wine 13.9% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry
Edna Valley has a cool climate that is ideal for growing balanced and complex Chardonnay. Just a short distance inland from the Pacific Ocean, the valley is traverse (running east/west) and the mountain gap allows cool fogs and breezes to blow in from the ocean.
… 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 … This would be a great companion for almost any fish or fowl dish… Score – 90. (Norman Bentley, pineisland-eagle.com, March 9, 2012).