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2017 Balverne Chardonnay

2017 Balverne Chardonnay
Russian River Valley

Burgundian in its style, the 2017 Balverne Chardonnay displays vibrant aromatic qualities.  Hints of vanilla, toast, and Granny Smith apple pie radiate from the glass.  On the palate, there is a buttery roundness that is balanced with notes of poached pear and green apple.  The finish is lingering with mouthwatering subtlety.  

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Wine Specs
Russian River Valley
9 months, 30% new French oak
Residual Sugar
2.0 g/L
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Complex aromas of Bosc pear, baked apple, toast and cream, with subtle aromas of almonds and spice. On the palate the wine is multi-layered and smooth textured, showing great intensity and flavors of spicy ripe pear and apple along with notes of toasty French oak. The finish is long and satisfying, with complex notes of oak, spice and hints of minerality and crème brȗlée!
Vineyard Notes
About 91% of the fruit for this wine is Clone 17 Chardonnay (also known as the “Robert Young” clone), 7% is Clone 809 Chardonnay (a musqué clone) and the remaining 2% is Viognier. Growing in the heavier clay soils typical of the Russian River Valley appellation, these vines offer Chardonnay rich in flavors reminiscent of baked apple and ripe pear. The “musqué” Chardonnay clone adds another level of complexity due to its natural muscat-like spiciness while the Viognier adds perfumed floral notes.
Winemaker Notes
Fruit was hand-picked at night and delivered immediately to the winery while still cold. After hand sorting, the grapes were destemmed and pressed, the juice sent to tank for settling. Clean juice was racked off, inoculated and moved to French oak barrels for fermentation. The wines were left sur-lie to complete malolactic fermentation and for aging, with monthly stirring.
525 Cases Produced
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