Buoncristiani Napa Chardonnay 2013

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SKU 01622

750ml

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Buoncristiani Family Winery is a collaboration of four brothers born into a wine-loving Italian family in the Napa Valley. Every harvest the brothers worked alongside their dad in the small vineyards he tended, learning how to tend the vineyard and craft wine for family and friends to share. In 1999 they founded Buoncristiani in their parents' garage at their home in Napa. We first discovered this small winery with their stunning 2010 Cabernet. After several years of searching for the right source for the Buoncristiani Chardonnay the brothers finally found the perfect blocks which include Hyde Vineyard and Pahlmeyer's Waters Ranch.

The 2013 is the fifth vintage of Buoncristiani Chardonnay, a wine that focuses primarily on fruit, minerality and balanced acidity, with secondary flavors of integrated new French oak richness framed by a full mid palate and a lingering finish. 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 mouthfeel. Only 28% of the secondary malolactic fermentation was allowed, thus giving the final wine’s profile a beautiful balance between richness, intense fruit and crisp acidity on the long finish. Following 10 months of sur lie aging the wine was blended then bottled. Only 395 cases made.

Category White Wine
Varietal
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Buoncristiani
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorIntense and raw in texture, with a mix of pithy citrus, grapefruit, green apple and tart peach flavors. More awkward than polished now, so give this some time. Drink now through 2020. 395 cases made.

James Laube, 2015