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Wine:Ledgewood Creek Winery & Vineyards 2005 Chardonnay  (Suisun Valley)

Ledgewood Creek Winery & Vineyards

2005 Chardonnay
(Suisun Valley)

In 1985 Dean and Bunny Frisbie bought a pear orchard in the Suisun Valley. By 1989, as in so many other parts of California, a vineyard had replaced the orchard and in 2002 Ledgewood Creek released its first wine. Today 350 acres are planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Chardonnay, Grenache, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Consulting winemaker Larry Langbehn works with the couple, who insist on hand harvesting all fruit.

The area has a long history in grape growing, and, for the last twenty years, has enjoyed its status as an AVA, but it is still very much in the shadow of neighboring Napa Valley. While Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc are great successes here, Rhone varietals are starting to come onto the radar as the next potential “signature” of the local wine industry.

Bright yellow gold and viscous, this refreshing, lively Chardonnay has classic notes of butter, pear, pineapple, toasted almond, nougat, marzipan, and oak char. Medium bodied with balanced oak, fruit, and alcohol, it is seamless, elegant, and extremely appealing all around. It has a long, pleasant finish with butter and bosc pear notes.

Reviewed January 13, 2007 by Catherine Fallis.

The Wine

Winery: Ledgewood Creek Winery & Vineyards
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Chardonnay
Appellation: Suisun Valley
Grape: Chardonnay
Price: 750ml $14.00

Review Date: 1/13/2007

The Reviewer

Catherine Fallis

Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC, a company committed to bringing the joy of wine, food, and good living into the lives of everyday people, Catherine is creator of the “grape goddess guides to good living,” a series of books, television presentations, seminars, and e-learning programs. The fifth woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, grape goddess Catherine Fallis is still very much down-to-earth.