Eos Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2008
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.
Editorial Reviews for Eos Estate Reserve Chardonnay
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
Slightly funky, even herbal aromas of sage butter and pear. Good acidity, slightly thin and funky. Creamy finish with a hint of petrol.
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.
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.
A nice creamy wine, not as fruity as it is herbal. I taste pineapple, lemon, rosemary and even a hint of pine.
Food Pairings for Eos Estate Reserve Chardonnay
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.
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
|Alcohol: 14.5%||pH: 3.67|
|Sugar: 0.05 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 6 grams per liter|
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