2014 Balletto Chardonnay Cider Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley

Weight and freshness in a barrel-fermented Chardonnay

2014 Balletto Chardonnay Cider Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley

Balletto’s Cider Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay was whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented with ambient yeasts in French oak, one-quarter new, and the wine aged for 18 months prior to release.

It’s a sunny yellow color and the fragrance is lactic but not overdone—more like fresh cream than butter per se—and shot with citrus and lemon thyme. The body is likewise a balance of roundness and angularity: There is weight from the barrel treatment, which gives it a silken mouthfeel, but it gets a lift of lemon drop and wild herbs, and, at the close, a departing shot of salt.

An elegant but breezy barrel-fermented Chardonnay.

13.1% abv | $38 (sample) 475 cases made

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