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!
Stone fruits, buttered citrus, white currants, and brioche all emerge from the 2018 Chardonnay, a beautiful Chardonnay that has medium-bodied richness, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. Aged 10 months on lees in 45% new French oak (10% was in stainless steel), drink it any time over the coming 4-5 years.
The 2018 Chardonnay gives up bold notions of baked apples, pear tart and peach cobbler with hints of cedar, shaved almonds and beeswax. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers plenty of warm apple flavor with a spicy undercurrent and bags of freshness on the finish.