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97 points - Jeb Dunnuck

"The 2021 Chardonnay Edward James Estate takes on a lightly savory tone with a delicate perfume of smoky incense, fresh green pear. Theres a silky texture in this medium to full bodied white, with bright notes of preserved lime, ripe white peaches, and fresh flowers, and it has a clean, fantastic finish."
- Audrey Frick


Chardonnay, Edward James Estate, Russian River Valley

Luminescent pale gold in color, the 2021 vintage from the Russian River Valley presents aromas of white peach, lemon zest, and honeysuckle. This bright yet full-bodied wine reveals white fig, lemon crème, and Golden Delicious apple, all framed by a delicate minerality on the palate. Backed by vibrant acidity, the elegant, creamy finish is long and persistent with an accompanying tension and unmistakable energy.


Growing Season

One of the best vintages in recent memory, 2021 will be remembered for its intensely flavored berries, a smooth harvest and most importantly, exquisitely balanced, nuanced, and vivid wines. The season began with historically low rainfall which, coupled with a cold winter, delayed bud break. However, despite the cooler start to the year, the remainder of the season proved to be temperate with no relevant unfavorable weather events. Warm temps and mild May weather conditions, for example, favored a compact bloom and an extremely uniform fruit set with highly desirable small berries and moderately sized, well-spaced clusters. Meanwhile, summers long, cool mornings and warm afternoons permitted the fruit on the vine to take a slow, leisurely ride to full maturityexcellent for the physiological fruit development we prize. Harvest kicked-off punctually at 12:01 am, September 6, and after six glorious weeks, blessed our house with a fine crop of remarkably delicious, energetic, young wines.

Bottle Date

January 2023


Russian River Valley


September 9

Varietal Compositon

100% Chardonnay




Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 38% new

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