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2012

Chardonnay

Edward James Estate
Russian River Valley

Edward James Estate, named for Paul’s great-grandfather, is planted to chardonnay from the heritage selections Bato and Wente. Deep golden straw in color, the wine has lifted aromas of yellow apple, freshly cut pear, lemon oil, vanilla almond butter and wet stone. Rich, round and focused on the palate, layers of ripe fruit continue to emerge through the bright and mineral driven finish.

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93 Points Vinous

“Rich yellow stone fruit, smoke, licorice and honeyed notes blossom from the 2012 Chardonnay Edward James Estate. The style is broad, ample and creamy, with attractive honeyed nuances that are likely to become more prominent as the wine ages in bottle.”
Antonio Galloni

92 points Wine Advocate

“The spectacular 2012 Chardonnay Edward James Estate offers tropical notes of pineapple, tangerine and orange along with good ripeness, delineation and purity. Full-bodied, layered and impressive, it will provide enjoyment over the next 5-7 years. ”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date September 29

Growing Season The 2012 growing season has been described by many as “textbook perfect”. Temperate summer days moderated plant growth, contributing to smaller cluster and berry size during lag phase, leading to increased concentration of flavors. An idyllic Indian summer finished the maturation process, producing fruit with exceptional character and intensity.

Winemaking

• Hand harvested at night
• Whole cluster to press, cold
• Barrel fermented, indigenous yeasts, 5 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation concurrent with alcoholic fermentation
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 64% new
• Coopers: François Frères, Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, and Seguin Moreau
• Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2014