As far as winemaking conditions go, 2008 was a perfect year for chardonnays in central California’s Edna Valley. The weather was as close to perfect as possible, and the grapes that grew as a result had a rich, luscious flavor. It was these conditions that helped produce the 2008 Chardonnay from Edna Ranch Vineyard, a rich, silky and well balanced wine.
The wine is crafted at the award-winning Phantom Rivers winery, which is led by wine maker John Thunen. During his extensive career in the aerospace industry, Thunen honed his winemaking skills with a combination of natural artistic ability and a knack for scientific discovery. He now is part of an eight-person team that leads Phantom Rivers winery, which in 2009 won a bronze medal from the Los Angeles International Wine Competition for its Chardonnay.
This winery was named for the rivers of stringy fog that make their way through the valleys in the early morning before dissolving in the sun. The name also speaks to the quality of the wine itself—it is this fog that keeps the vineyards cool at night, allowing the hang time of the grapes to extend and giving Central Coast wines their distinctive flavors and complexity. Winemakers at Phantom Rivers are dogged in their search for the best grapes, knowing that a single property in not able to produce the perfect fruit for each varietal. So instead they put their efforts into finding the perfect area for each varietal and buying grapes from farms there.
In selecting Edna Valley Vineyard, the makers of the 2008 Chardonnay found the home of one of the longest and coolest growing seasons in California. Here the fog moving inland from the coast cools the grapes, allowing them to mature slowly as they retain the proper acidity.
Aged for six months, the 2008 Chardonnay from Edna Ranch Vineyard has a 14.5 percent alcohol by volume.
More information about Edna Valley Vineyard www.phantomrivers.com
The Phantom Rivers 2008 Chardonnay
is Recommended by our Sommelier Bruce BARRETT
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