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2010 Wente Selection


Edward James Estate
Russian River Valley

Four barrels of the opulent Edward James Estate Wente Selection Chardonnay were crafted. Pale straw in color, this wine is seductively aromatic with golden delicious apple, rich caramel, custard and baked apple pie. The richly textured, creamy palate is layered with sugared lemon zest and stone fruit and a touch of toasty spice. These succulent flavors reign over a lingering finish accented with wet slate.

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93 Points Wine Spectator

“A rich white, with a creamy texture, showcasing tiers of fig, honeysuckle, anise and vanilla that fan out and coat the palate, maintain focus and persistence. Drink now through 2020. ”
James Laube

93 Points Wine Advocate

“Paul Hobbs's 2010 Chardonnay Edward James Estate Wente Selection is fascinating to taste next to the Bato Selection from the same site. The weight and lushness of these Wente clones (sourced from Larry Hyde) comes through in the wine's serious richness. A huge, voluptuous wine, the 2010 wraps around the palate with spherical fruit and a creamy, expressive finish.”
Antonio Galloni

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Harvest Date October 3

Growing Season 2010 began with a wet winter and spring across Sonoma County. Summer was cool, though as harvest approached temperatures rose. Our pinot noir and chardonnay ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance. The wines from 2010 are bright, expressive and elegant.


• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 4 months to completion
• Voluntary malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 15 months in Cadus, François Frères and Louis Latour French oak barrels; 75% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2012