We are proud to be certified as a sustainable grower and we take pride in producing ultra-premium wines from our estate vineyards located within two of California's most famous viticultural appellations: Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill. Located in Sonoma County, our 710 acre estate boasts many diverse micro climates, including rare soil and slope combinations. Our grapes benefit from these distinct climates and terroirs.
We handcraft small quantities of our own wines under the Notre Vue Estate and Balverne Reserve labels, produced from selected blocks. 250 acres are planted with classic European grape varietals, while 350 acres are dedicated to Forever Wild open space. The result is a long-standing tradition of growing ultra-premium grapes for our own use by a number of top-tier wineries that produce highly awarded wines.
This delicate wine offers aromatics reminiscent of watermelon, orange rind, and morning roses. Fruity on the palate, the crisp acidity balances flavors of strawberries, guava, and white peach. Try this Rosé with a fresh goat cheese salad, seafood, or lightly grilled summer fruit. Be careful, though . . . it’s so refreshing that on a hot day you’ll be reaching for that second bottle in no time!
Step into springtime with this crisp and playful Sauvignon Blanc from Chalk Hill. The perfect white wine to compliment a picnic in scenic surroundings with light fair. This light-bodied wine showcases perfumes of pink grapefruit, honeydew sorbet, and white florals crushed into white chalk. The palate is just as flirty, with hints of guava, citrus pulp, jasmine, and lemon grass lingering on the tongue.
Pure elegance in a glass, this refreshing GSM Rose is the perfect accessory for any occasion. From nose to palate, notes of white nectarine, lychee, and orange blossom are present, complemented by light minerality and crisp citrus zest on the finish.
This Russian River Zinfandel can only be described as an enigma in a glass, as it presents itself as a full-bodied red wine only to finish with the smooth elegance of a lighter wine. On the nose delicious notes of berry compote and cinnamon swirl in the glass with underlining hints of sandalwood and redwood bark. On the palate top notes of smoked hazelnuts are complimented by tart cranberry juice and a lingering of pink peppercorn on the finish.
Our 2019 Balverne Chardonnay displays aromas of ripe green & golden apples, lemons, butterscotch, and marshmallow. The rich palate follows with a variety of orchard fruits, melons, lemons, and a lingering hint of spice. Full-bodied but still crisp, this wine will pair beautifully with everything from roast chicken to summer fruit salads.
Our 2020 Chardonnay Musque displays rich aromatics from nose to palate with a silky mouth feel and crisp acidity. On the nose your sense are awoken by a medley of fresh green herbs and golden apples married with undertones of fresh clementine, sea salt and toast. A rich palate follows with waves of fresh pear juice, yellow grapefruit, and straw on the finish.
This brilliantly fresh Chardonnay Musque boasts an underlying richness from time spent “Sur Lie” in neutral French oak barrels. The wine offers aromas of fresh Bartlett pear, lemon juice, and white flowers, and follows with a palate of ripe green apples, nectarine, and Asian pears. While this wine will pair beautifully with fruit-based dishes or seafood, it is also fantastic on its own, as its refreshing qualities cannot be understated.
Equally as stunning from visual, to nose, to palate, this estate Malbec creates a symbiotic relationship between Old and New World aromatics and flavor notes. A bouquet of boysenberry jam, tart red plum, brown sugar crystals, and undertones of violets are found on the nose.
Made up of 3 different clones from The Estate, this pinot noir fits perfectly into the Balverne lifestyle. A fruity and refreshing wine, this is perfect for those backyard barbecues, picnics with friends, and casual conversations on the back patio. With a nose of bright red fruits, baking spice, and damp earth, this is everything you want in Pinot Noir. The palate gives ripe cherries and strawberries with a hit of pomegranate syrup and herbal notes.
A luxuriously fragrant full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with fruit forward aromas complimented by touches of Chalk Hill terroir. This deeply purple wine boasts notes of black cherry juice, berry compote and graphite on the nose. These delicious elements carry through to the palate with hints of current balanced by purple florals and a lingering of dark chocolate shavings within structured tannins on the finish.
Comprised entirely of the Robert Young, or Wente clone, this chardonnay is a selection of our best lots and finest french oak barrels. Winemaker Alex Holman uses native fermentation and a delicate touch to craft this wine into a style reminiscent of rich southern burgundies. You will find aromas ranging from orchard fruits and almond skins to jasmine flowers and marshmallows. Rich and enveloping in the mouth, the wine offers a treasure trove of ripe pears, nectarines, apples, and even marzipan.
One can really sense the terroir in this sophisticated medium bodied Merlot, with an essence that is both aromatically fruit forward and herbaceous in taste. A bouquet of fresh mint leaves and sweet violets are balanced by macerated plum, blackberries, and sweet cocoa on the nose. On the palate, the wine is silky smooth with cohesive notes of raspberries muddled with fresh bay leaf and lavender.