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Eos Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2008

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Fruit for this blend was predominantly grown in low-yielding old-vine vineyards along the Union Road corridor, and on the bench-lands above the Estrella River, near San Miguel. One site, planted in 1961 on its own roots, is among the oldest Chardonnay plantings still producing in the entire Central Coast. Early morning harvesting, gentle handling, and traditional fermentation in oak barrels contribute to the richness and flavor complexity of the wine. Lees stirring throughout the 10 months in barrel, along with malolactic fermentation in approximately 50% of the lots, softened the acidity and enhanced the palate weight.

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Varietal: Chardonnay
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EOS Estate Winery:
Originally named for the Goddess of the Dawn in ancient Greek mythology, Eos Estate Winery uses state-of-the-art, eco-friendly technology to harness the sun’s energy to craft premium wines. Visits to the spacious, Italianate hospitality center, perched on a hilltop amid rose gardens in the heart of Paso Robles wine country, blend wine tasting with solar-powered farming and winemaking operations... Read more
Originally named for the Goddess of the Dawn in ancient Greek mythology, Eos Estate Winery uses state-of-the-art, eco-friendly technology to harness the sun’s energy to craft premium wines. Visits to the spacious, Italianate hospitality center, perched on a hilltop amid rose gardens in the heart of Paso Robles wine country, blend wine tasting with solar-powered farming and winemaking operations. In 2008, Eos launched a $5 million project to install a cutting-edge solar system to power the winery and tasting room operations. More than two acres of ground-mounted tracking solar arrays now supply all electrical power for the winery and tasting room, and additional roof-mounted solar arrays provide all water-heating needs. Eos is the largest winery on California's Central Coast to run completely on alternative energy. Guided tours of the solar power system are available to visitors upon request. Other investments have resulted in extensive winery improvements, including a super-high-tech wine lab, and the replanting of several vineyard blocks. We also recruited a new Director of Winemaking, Nathan Carlson, lured by our commitment to sustainable agriculture and the use of solar energy to provide energy needs. A native of rural Minnesota and a key member of winemaking teams in Central California and Oregon's Dundee Hills, Carlson has more than a decade of winemaking experience, and is known as an expert in regional climate and weather patterns. A cypress-lined drive leads up to the hospitality center, where visitors can taste their way through a complimentary flight of wines. Eos encourages guests to sit outdoors amid the lush gardens, shaded by palm, olive, and oak trees, and enjoy the scenic views of the sun-splashed vineyards and rolling hills of this eco-friendly estate. Tastings: Reserve tasting $10.00, Estate tasting $5.00 The Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Late Harvest Moscato, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat Canelli, Petite Sirah, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Zinfandel Port Specialty: Estate-grown, block-designate Petite Sirah Of Special Note: Picnic area. Limited reserve, special blends, and Cupa Grandis wines are available only in the tasting room Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Eos Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,852
4.50 5
04/30/2010

Low key and ripe on the nose with an underlying edge of toasty nuttiness to the melon and apricot fruit. On entry this is rich and broad with a creamy texture yet sufficient acidity to keep this very lively and energetic in the mouth. A note of vanilla cream accents the admirably fresh orange, subtly grapefruity, and warm pear fruit. This finishes with excellent definition and good length and ends with a bright finale of almost mineral spice and sweet orange fruit. A really attractive style of Chardonnay that combines the softer texture of warm climate wines with a fresh, interesting flavor profile. 93 pts


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3.50 5
04/23/2010

Slightly funky, even herbal aromas of sage butter and pear. Good acidity, slightly thin and funky. Creamy finish with a hint of petrol.

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Snooth User: solomania9
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3.00 5
05/06/2010

Big sweet bready honey and pear on the nose. Medium body, slightly higher acidity and nice milky buttery sweetness. Finish is a little basic but overall very enjoyable.


Snooth User: Philip James
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4.00 5
04/30/2010

Peaches, limes and quince on the nose with some almond and coconut flavors. Rich and emollient, yet with a mineral core. Spicy finish, with flavors of vanilla bean and tire rubber. Long finish with lingering flavors of coconut shavings.


Snooth User: rjpease
3949851,035
3.00 5
04/27/2010

A nice creamy wine, not as fruity as it is herbal. I taste pineapple, lemon, rosemary and even a hint of pine.



Tasting Notes:

Green-gold in color. This wine displays white floral and citrus blossom aromatics layered with ripe apricot flavors. Texturally rich & smooth on the palate, with a balanced, flinty acidity. Oak and lees characters are present, playing off one another with sweet crème brulée and burnt sugar tones.

Fruit for this blend was predominantly grown in low-yielding old-vine vineyards along the Union Road corridor, and on the bench-lands above the Estrella River, near San Miguel. One site, planted in 1961 on its own roots, is among the oldest Chardonnay plantings still producing in the entire Central Coast. Early morning harvesting, gentle handling, and traditional fermentation in oak barrels contribute to the richness and flavor complexity of the wine. Lees stirring throughout the 10 months in barrel, along with malolactic fermentation in approximately 50% of the lots, softened the acidity and enhanced the palate weight.

Closure: Cork

Aged 10 months in Other.

Notes: Fermented and aged 10 months sur lees in a blend of French and quality American oak barrels, approximately 40% new

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.67
Sugar: 0.05 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6 grams per liter

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