Wine Last Sold on: February 12, 2013
|Region:||California: Napa Valley|
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Mission Codename: The First Decree
- Agent Red
- Send Agent Red to EDICT Wines, in search of an elegant and distinctive Chardonnay that expresses the unique terroir of the Napa Valley.
- Mission Status
- Jay Buoncristiani
We searched high and low for today’s 2010 EDICT Wines Napa Valley Chardonnay, but when we found this gem, we got our hands on every available case. Quantities are limited, so act quickly, before we sell out.
This Napa Chardonnay is easy drinking, smooth, fresh and cleansing, a real palate pleaser with enough complexity to make the wine interesting to a wide spectrum of Chard drinkers.
A delightful daily refresher. This brightly hewn wine is also an excellent companion for many meal pairings. We’ll be enjoying out bottles with savory baked fish, fish & chips or a soft cheese plate with brioche and grilled fennel.
Expect us to try to get our hands on more great wines from this wonderful Napa Valley producer.
Golden straw yellow with the most subtle hint of green at the edges. Tall and ropey legs meander slowly down the glass wall after spinning.
A tad quiet at first, the wine gradually opens to reveal lovely aromas of butterscotch, light pear, Meyer lemon, freshly mowed hay and very lightly toasty oak.
Silky and soft, with flavors of Meyer lemon, lemon curd, very easy oak, bright lemon drop candy, underripe pear and granny-smith apple.
Slightly austere with bright acid and medium tannin. At the rear of the palate and tip of the tongue, white pepper add a lovely zesty feel. At the very end, a hint of vanilla persists.
What the Winery Says
Harvest timing was essential, allowing for full flavor development, acid balance, and optimum ripeness. Once the desired flavors were at their peak, the fruit was hand harvested in the early cold morning and gently whole cluster pressed. The juice was then slowly fermented by both native and specially selected yeast in a combination of new and twice used French oak barrels and small stainless steel drums. Upon dryness, weekly barrel stirring of the lees commenced to increase the complexity of the aromas and mouth-feel. Only 30% of the secondary malolactic fermentation was allowed, thus giving the final wine’s profile a beautiful balance between richness, intense fruit and crisp acidity in the long finish as we desired.
Expect to find layers of ripe pear, toasted almond, green apple, tropical fruit, cream pie and butterscotch. On the palate, a round and viscous texture leads the way to juicy pear, melon, and integrated French oak layered with balanced acidity and lengthy creaminess.
Appellation: Napa Valley
Primary Fermentation: 100% Barrel fermented
Secondary Fermentation: Only 30% Malolactic Fermentation allowed
Barrel Regime: 100% 1 & 2 year old French Oak Barrels
Aging: 11 months Sur Lie Barrel Aged
Cases Produced: 175
Winemaker: Jay Buoncristiani
About the Winery
Ira and Barbara Goldberg are the founders of the Napa JuiceBox. Their journey began in 2008 and they have continued their investment in the industry to this day. The investment isn’t just a financial one but rather a laser focused passion that it takes to be truly successful in a sea of exceptional Napa Valley wineries.
EDICT Wines is the next phase in that journey. They have called on the talents of winemakers like Mark Herald and Jay Buoncristiani to bring that vision to light.
Ira and Barb favor the French, vineyard driven style of winemaking married with the beautiful growing conditions found only in the world famous vineyards of Napa Valley. They source their grapes from various premier Napa Valley vineyards that are known for there “best in class” vineyard practices and varietal uniqueness.
For Ira, it’s all about the family. He was raised in New Jersey in a family where generosity, truth and love were preached as gospel and lived out in everyday words and actions. Our name encapsulates those beliefs and actions