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2013

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, this wine has pristine aromas of crisp apple, lemon peel, rain water and apricot tart. The opulent palates is framed by layers of caramel, fig tart, and notes of all-spice, balanced with racy acidity that leads to a long, flinty finish.

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(93-95) Points Wine Advocate

“The sensational 2013 Chardonnay Edward James Estate reveals lots of fleshy lemon blossom, orange marmalade, wet rocks and a subtle hint of oak in addition to an intense, full-bodied, multilayered style.”
Robert Parker Jr.

(92-94) Points Vinous

“The 2013 Chardonnay Edward James Estate is quite a bit brighter than the 2012, showing just how different these two vintages are. Lemon oil, jasmine, crushed rocks and precise, stone fruit nuances meld together as this effortless, gracious Chardonnay shows off its considerable personality.”
Antonio Galloni

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Harvest Date September 7th

Growing Season 2013 was a phenomenal growing season in just about every way. A warm, dry spring led to early bud break, limited canopy vigor and berry size, and created ideal conditions through bloom and fruit set. An abundance of long sunny days, with only one heat spike in early July, resulted in even ripening and an early harvest with exceptional flavor development. The 2013 vintage offers very high quality wines that are striking in their balance and expression.

Winemaking

• Hand harvested at night
• Whole cluster to press, cold
• Barrel fermented, indigenous yeasts, 4 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation concurrent with alcoholic fermentation
• Aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 58% new
• Coopers: François Frères, Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, and Seguin Moreau
• Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2015