2018 Buoncristiani Napa Valley Chardonnay
Wine Specs
100% Chardonnay
Napa Valley
10 months Sur Lie Barrel Aged
Barrel fermented using Native and Selected Yeast SECONDARY FERMENTATION: Only 35% Malolactic Fermentation allowed
Cases Handcrafted

2018 Buoncristiani Napa Valley Chardonnay

92 Points - "A beautiful Chardonnay!"  - Jeb Dunnuck

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/ 750 ml

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 2018 marks the tenth 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 35% 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 tenth of many Buoncristiani Chardonnays. Salute!

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christine mary garvey
(Feb 19, 2021 at 12:26 PM)
A wonderful wine for all occasions. It truly never disappoints! The Buoncrisitani brothers have made this wine one that will keep everyone coming back for more.

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Jim Caven
(Feb 19, 2021 at 3:53 PM)
Consistent performer for the last 10 years. Nicely balanced chardonnay.

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Paul huchro
(Feb 20, 2021 at 3:50 PM)
Perfect balance for a Chardonnay, it’s our favorite wine to drink by itself or paired with food

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Jamie Walker
(Mar 24, 2021 at 4:39 PM)
Finally! The perfect Chardonnay. This wine is crisp, with apple, pear and vanilla. It’s is not oakey; it’s full and silky with no acidic after taste. I am absolutely in love. The wine is and the service are exceptional. BRAVO!

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