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2013 Balverne Russian River Chardonnay UnoakedChardonnay from United States

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"2012 was a remarkable year in the Russian River Valley, with warm temperatures in the summer growing months moderated by cool, but not overly cold or foggy, evenings. These gr...

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"the pineapple upsidedown cake and sweet chamomile tea are lures to tempt you into the glass. Crisp, dry celery and lime notes are elegant and graceful while mid-palate the slightly stone-mineral and just ripened peach is arousing with its slightly oily nature. The finish settles into pear semi-tartness. This is a wow wine, modern and edgy.""

92 The Tasting Panel

"the pineapple upsidedown cake and sweet chamomile tea are lures to tempt you into the glass. Crisp, dry celery and lime notes are elegant and graceful while mid-palate the slightly stone-mineral and just ripened peach is arousing with its slightly oily nature. The finish settles into pear semi-tartness. This is a wow wine, modern and edgy."

Product Description:

"2012 was a remarkable year in the Russian River Valley, with warm temperatures in the summer growing months moderated by cool, but not overly cold or foggy, evenings. These growing conditions resulted in beautifully balanced Chardonnay grapes. Our Chardonnay vineyards are planted primarily to clone 17, originating in the famous Robert Young vineyard. This Chardonnay is made in an Unoaked style, retaining all of the bright fruit and crisp acidity that the clone 17 Chardonnay is known for. The wine was destemmed and crushed direct to tank, then allowed to settle at 50 degrees and inoculated for fermentation. After fermentation the wine was aged sur-lie without malolactic fermentation, racked and lightly fined before bottling on February 2nd 2013. Bright, fresh aromas of Bosc pear and green apple, with subtle aromas of exotic spice. On the palate, it is refreshing and delicious, showing great intensity and ripe flavors of ripe citrus, white peach and kiwi fruit. The finish is long and satisfying, with complex notes of spice and great minerality." -Winery

Product Detail

Item # 88429
Country United States
Region California
Sub-Region Sonoma
Ratings

92 - The Tasting Panel

92 - The Tasting Panel

Vintage 2013
Color White
ABV 13.5%
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla
Nose apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla