2013 Buoncristiani Chardonnay
Wine Specs
100% Chardonnay
Napa Valley
10 months Sur Lie Barrel Aged in 10% Stainless Steel, 45% 3 year old French Oak Barrels, 45% New French Oak
Primary: Barrel fermented using Native and Selected Yeast Secondary: Only 28% Malolactic Fermentation allowed
Cases Handcrafted

2013 Buoncristiani Chardonnay

 Sourced from famed Hyde Vineyards, Stagecoach Vineyards and Pahlmeyer's Waters Ranch this exceptional fruit driven Chardonnay was handcrafted in boutique collector amounts.  Only 350 cases were handcrafted.

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As with everything in the wine industry, patience is the key to success, and after several years of searching for the right source for the Buoncristiani Chardonnay we finally found the perfect blocks. The 2013 marks 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 in the long finish as we desired.

Following 10 months of sur lie aging we obtained a distinguished harmony between the multiple components during blending trials.We folded the best fit barrels together and with excitement bottled the third of many Buoncristiani Chardonnays. Salute!


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Jesse's Gravatar
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(Aug 13, 2013 at 1:53 PM)
Amazing aroma, so good you'll find it hard to stop smelling it! The 28% malo keeps it fresh, and gives it a nice velvety finish. High recommend trying this Chardonnay!

Steve's Gravatar
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(Sep 21, 2014 at 8:25 AM)
I am 53 years old and have enjoyed wine-tasting for over 30 years. This is one of, if not the BEST Chardonnay I have ever had. This would be my #1 recommendation.

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