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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bargain Wine of the Week: 2007 Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay Paragon Vineyard

Edna Valley wine has been up and down over the last couple of decades. Produced in San Luis Obispo on the southern end of the central coast of California, the wine caught our eye when we tasted the Cabernet in the 1980s, and then ordered a bottle at Tim's birthday dinner in a San Francisco restaurant a year later.

We stopped buying it because the wine had some seriously so-so years through the 90s and the 00s until this great bargain came along. The Paragon Vineyard Chardonnay lists for $15.50, but we found it for $9.22.

And we're not alone in thinking this is a good wine and a great bargain. Wine Spectator rated it 87 points and said if offered "ripe, clean, and spice notes, with green apple and citrus" flavors.

This wine is oakier than the Healdsburg Ranches "unoaked" Chardonnay, but only hints of oakiness, so it would be great served with lighter fare.

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