Dry, cool, refreshing white wines rule on hot summer days. From California’s Russian River Valley to the Loire Valley, we’ve recently discovered two that enhance the day and deliver pleasure.
Balletto 2015 Chardonnay, Teresa’s Unoaked comes from the Russian River Valley in California’s Sonoma County with its cool, foggy climate. It’s been consistent gold medal winner in various competitions.
John Balletto began making wine after starting out as a farmer right after high school and his dad’s untimely death. In 1998, three El Nino storms destroyed several plantings, each of which cost several million dollars. The home ranch had plantings of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, and Balletto began converting his vegetable acres to vineyards. Check out http://www.BallettoVineyards.com.
This Chardonnay was grown in the Sebastopol Hills area with its steep 800 ft. elevation where the winery’s goal was expressive and pure offerings. Seeking to capture the essence of Chardonnay which it calls “pure, crisp and pretty,” and this vintage does that well. It’s 13.7% ABV with bright fruit aromas and earthy notes. Nicely structured, it’s a treat.
From the Loire Valley comes M De Mulonniére Chenin Blanc from Anjou. The Chateau has been making excellent wines since 1860. The Saget family acquired it in 2000.
This 12.5% ABV Chenin Blanc is bright and almost tingles. It’s soft and fresh, well balanced with notes of almond and acacia, grape and honey. It’s subtle and enchanting. Visit http://www.PasternakWine.com or http://www.Mulonniére.com. Serve as an aperitif – we think you’ll want more after the very first sip!