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This one is from Edna Valley Varietal Composition 100% Chardonnay

Barrel Aging Time in oak: 8 months 95% French Oak 5% American Oak 20% New Barrels Lightly Filtered 60% Maloactic Fermentation

Production Statisticsa Vineyard: Paragon, Edna Valley Harvest Date: October 1998 Sugar at Harvest: 22.5 - 23.5 Brix Grape Acidity: 7.6 gm/liter Graphe pH: 3.40 Wine Acidity: 6.3 gm/liter Wine pH: 3.53 Alcohol: 13.8%

Release Date August 1, 1997

Optimum Consumption Time September 1999 - 2001 The Edna Valley has established a reputation for having one of the longest and coolest growing seasons in California. Even for Edna Valley standards, 1998 was unusually long, making it difficult to determine when to pick.

Seventy percent of Edna Valley Vineyard's Chardonnay was harvested the first week in November, but well worth the wait. Highly concentrated fruit due to a slightly below average crop size and extra hang time have allowed for full development of complex flavors. This is a Chardonnay that is both representative of Edna Valley tradition and reflective of the uniqueness of the vintage.

Due to the long growing season, the result is a full-bodied wine with aromas of pineapple, tropical fruit, peaches, and lime which accentuate the nose with a touch of light oak. The mouth is rich with banana, tropical fruit, and peaches. Sweet oak and cinnamon combine for a long finish with a hint of balancing acidity.

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Babcock97 Chardonnay Grand Cuvee

Winemaker's Tasting Notes Our Grand Cuvee Chardonnay has been traditionally defined by concentration and distinction of character. Produced exclusively from our best estate grown fruit, this wine has always been our finest "single vineyard" Chardonnay. As one of California's full throttle Chardonnays, this '97 bottling is especially rich. Its unctuous texture is matched by expansive flavors suggesting sweet pineapple, green apple, and creme brulie backed by an enveloping expression of toasted oak. Originating from a very cool climate, our estate grown Chardonnay has excellent structure, showing a firm acidity while offering complete ripeness. Further aging for a year or two will enhance this wine. Method of Vinification VINEYARDS: 100% Estate Grown, from selected vineyard blocks AVERAGE AGE OF VINES: 19 years VINIFICATION: 100% Barrel Fermentation 100% Malolactic Fermentation

-- Anonymous, August 25, 1999

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