2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay
California: Napa Valley
The First Decree
We were able to get our hands on a few more bottles of today’s fantastic Edict Wines 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay, and couldn’t wait to bring them to our Operatives. Quantities are limited, so act quickly, before we sell out. Our original review follows:
This Napa Chardonnay is easy drinking, smooth, fresh and cleansing - a real palate pleaser with enough complexity to make the wine interesting to a wide spectrum of Chard drinkers. A delightful daily refresher. This brightly hewn wine is also an excellent companion for many meal pairings. We’ll be enjoying our bottles with savory baked fish, fish & chips or a soft cheese plate with brioche and grilled fennel.
Golden straw yellow with the most subtle hint of green at the edge. Tall and ropey legs meander slowly down the glass wall after spinning.
A tad quiet at first, the wine gradually opens to reveal lovely aromas of butterscotch, light pear, Meyer lemon, freshly mowed hay and very lightly toasty oak.
Silky and soft, with flavors of Meyer lemon, lemon curd, very easy oak, bright lemon drop candy, underripe pear and Granny Smith apple.
Slightly austere with bright acid and medium tannins. At the rear of the palate and tip of the tongue, white pepper adds a lovely zesty feel. At the very end, a hint of vanilla persists.
Herb-crusted halibut with minted sweet pea purée.
What the Winery Says
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 mouth-feel. Only 30% 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.
Expect to find layers of ripe pear, toasted almond, green apple, tropical fruit, cream pie and butterscotch. On the palate, a round and viscous texture leads the way to juicy pear, melon, and integrated French oak layered with balanced acidity and lengthy creaminess.
- Jay Buoncristiani
- 96 Points - Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis
- Napa Valley, California
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Chardonnay
- Barrel Regime
- 100% French oak barrels
About the Winery
To understand Edict’s mantra of truth, generosity and love, all you need to do is spend a few minutes with Barbara and Ira Goldberg. From their days together at Michigan State University until now, those three simple words have helped shape their beliefs, nurture their family and guide their decisions. In their twenties, Barbara and Ira’s love of wine began when they started enjoying it socially and pairing it with food. They discovered that the wines they loved most were the ones that remained true to the grape and its sense of place. It was at this same time they fell in love with small production, hand-crafted, wines from the Napa Valley and dreamed about starting their own winery. When Barbara and Ira decided to take the next step and join the community of small vintners, Napa was the only place they could imagine founding Edict. It’s in this valley they are planting their roots, passing their passion onto their three children and sharing the fruits of their labor with their community. Through Edict, Barbara and Ira are showing that truth, generosity and love are not just words to live by, but beliefs by which to make wine.