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2014 Balletto Chardonnay "Russian River Valley"

Winery: Balletto

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Russian River Valley"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $28

Cases produced: 1,085

KWG Score: 89 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: July 20, 2017

Wine Review: This light straw colored Chardonnay opens with an appealing and inviting bouquet of cantaloupe, a nice array of tropical fruits and a hint of pear. Medium bodied, soft and smooth on the palate with tangerine, melon, a hint of guava, a touch of oak and refreshing acidity. The finish is slightly dry and smooth. I liked that this Balletto is well balanced and very food friendly. I would pair this with lobster ravioli. - Joe

Winemaker Notes: 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.

Organic status: not organic

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