Edna Valley Vineyard: Primetime wines for the money

subEdnaEdna Valley Vineyard is a prominent Central Coast winery in California specializing in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It dates┬áback to the 1980s. In 2011, E. & J. Gallo purchased the winery and the 62-acre property to expand their footprint in this region. It’s about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and is five miles inland from the Pacific. Its core strength has been its Paragon Vineyard. The wines remain impressive, especially for the price. They are widely available in Metro Detroit.

Edna Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast 2012, $15

Such a good buy: This Cab is all about bigtime fruit, supple tannins, good acidity. It’s a jam pot of currants, blackberries, cherries and vanilla. Tannins are silken; acidity is firm. If you can find this wine at the supermarket, you have found a goldmine.

Edna Valley Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Central Coast 2013, $15

Dry, rich, complex and dreamy. This is exciting SB: juicy orange zest, grapefruit, herbal notes and a hint of grass. It’s rich and complex with viscosity from its aging on the lees. It’s made off the Edna Valley Vineyard, just five miles inland from the Pacific — a climate that provides one of California’s longest and coolest ripening seasons.

Edna Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir Central Coast 2012, $20

Twenty dollars is the suggested retail price. Bet you can find it for less, and if you do, snap it up. It’s a great buy: Flavors are intense cherry, blackberry, vanilla, dark chocolate infused with spicy oak. On the palate, the texture is creamy, flavors are intense, acidity is firm, tannins are like silk. Grapes are selected off he Olson Ranch in Santa Lucia Highlands and Paragon Vineyard in Edna Valley. It’s an A-plus Pinor Noir.

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