2015 Chardonnay - RRV

92 points + Editors’ Choice - Wine Enthusiast, December 2017
92 points - PinotFile,  June 2017

$28.00 /750ml

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This Russian River Valley Chardonnay is complex and elegant, showing its cool-climate heritage with concentrated flavors and a texture with just enough bright citrus tones for balance and excitement. Slight tannins accentuate and compliment the mouthfeel, making it one of those wines that draws you in for the next sip.

It opens with warm baking spices, ripe pear and lemon aromas. It’s distinctly Chardonnay. New oak has been used sparingly to enhance the wine with subtle toasted tones, rather than dominate the aromatic profile.

Our Russian River Valley Chardonnay is grown on four different estate vineyards. The sites range from quiet rolling hills to steep and cold hillside plantings. This diverse combi- nation adds distinct elements from each site and creates a complete and complex wine with structure and grace.

Chardonnay Winemaking Philosophy: Growing and making outstanding barrel-fermented Chardonnay is one of the most difficult tasks in winemaking. We’re picking at optimal ripeness to maintain natural acidity and capture aromatics. Then, to add distinctness and weight, we use only native yeast and complete 100 percent malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged and finished in French oak (33% new) with lees stirring every three weeks for the first six months. The result is serious Chardonnay with depth, structure and finesse.

Alcohol: 13.7%  pH: 3.36
TA: 6.7 g/L
Oak Treatment: 100% French (25% new)

Case Production: 1,400 cases + 2 x 3L bottles & 1 x 5L bottle

92 points + Editors’ Choice - Wine Enthusiast, December 2017

92 points - PinotFile, June 2017 "A flamboyant wine with bright flavors of lemon, pineapple, honeysuckle and almond croissant. Very generous flavors of citrus, white peach, and pear, with well-integrated acidity. This one really aims to please and is a terrific value." Rusty Gaffney - The Prince Of Pinot

Featured in: Briscoe Bites - Lifestyle Blog, Baking, Big Bites, Booze, and More! July 2017  “It’s a subtle aroma that floats out of the bottle once you pop the cork, reminiscent of a pie crust right out of the oven — but not your oven, your grandmotherly neighbor down the street who’s left all her windows open on this warm summer day. Pour the wine from bottle to glass and engage in that fantasy further, as the shade of yellow of the Balletto Russian River Valley Chardonnay is quite like the shimmering light of the sun refraction through a window pane. Once settled into the glass, the yellow calms to an almost cute pastel hue.” - Stacy Briscoe