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Eos Estate Reserve Pinot Blanc 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

One of my first jobs in the wine business was working for Laetitia Winery in Arroyo Grande, within view of the cold Pacific Ocean. Pinot Blanc was planted at Laetitia by Champagne Deutz when they founded this winery in the early 1980’s, and the variety has always made up a part of the cuvée for their delicious California sparkling wines. The winemaker at the time also made a small amount of still wine from these vines, which I developed a fondness for; barrel fermented and a bit of a ‘baby Chardonnay.’ When I had the opportunity to work with one of Laetitia’s Chardonnay vineyards in 2008 for a Central Coast project, they also offered us some Pinot Blanc as a blending piece. I jumped at the chance to work with the fruit from these mature hillside vines. It turned out so well, that we saved some to bottle on its own to share with you. This ‘Pinot Blanc’ is a bit mislabeled in California – in truth, it is an old variety from Burgundy, known as ‘Melon de Bourgogne’ or in France’s Loire Valley as ‘Muscadet,’ where it is made into a wine of the same name, which is very crisp, with great minerality, (and a special affinity for oysters and other raw shellfish!) Nathan R. Carlson

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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

Tasting Notes:

Light scents of carnation and lemon peel, smooth palate with balancing crispness and perfumed finish.

One of my first jobs in the wine business was working for Laetitia Winery in Arroyo Grande, within view of the cold Pacific Ocean. Pinot Blanc was planted at Laetitia by Champagne Deutz when they founded this winery in the early 1980’s, and the variety has always made up a part of the cuvée for their delicious California sparkling wines. The winemaker at the time also made a small amount of still wine from these vines, which I developed a fondness for; barrel fermented and a bit of a ‘baby Chardonnay.’ When I had the opportunity to work with one of Laetitia’s Chardonnay vineyards in 2008 for a Central Coast project, they also offered us some Pinot Blanc as a blending piece. I jumped at the chance to work with the fruit from these mature hillside vines. It turned out so well, that we saved some to bottle on its own to share with you. This ‘Pinot Blanc’ is a bit mislabeled in California – in truth, it is an old variety from Burgundy, known as ‘Melon de Bourgogne’ or in France’s Loire Valley as ‘Muscadet,’ where it is made into a wine of the same name, which is very crisp, with great minerality, (and a special affinity for oysters and other raw shellfish!) Nathan R. Carlson

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