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Balletto Estate Teresa's Chardonnay - Unoaked
Tasting Notes: Bright, crisp, mineral and aromatic. The Teresas Unoaked Chardonnay is a testament to making focused wine with texture, balance and distinction. The wine opens with wet rock aromas, bright tropical guava and savory cedar spices. Its certainly crisp and refreshing, but the defining feature is its dry and pleasing rock/mineral sensation that elevates it from typical Chardonnay.

The goal of the Teresas Unoaked Chardonnay is to capture the essence of Chardonnay. To create a wine that showcases the grape and its fresh, floral and crisp aspects that are often hidden with extended oak aging and malolactic influence. At the same time, the wine needs to be rich and offer a depth of texture and flavors to keep it exciting and warrant its own bottling. The vintage meets all those requirements.

This wine is extremely versatile with food. It is textured and plush enough to compliment rich seafood like lobster, crab and scallops, but also has a crisp acidity and fruit flavors that can pair nicely with more diverse flavors like grilled pork tenderloin with a fresh apple reduction sauce.

Vineyard: The grapes for this wine were grown at our Occidental Road Vineyard next to the winery and tasting room. Known as Block A1012, the vines are planted to the Robert Young clone of Chardonnay. Every year, this block produces a rich tropical juice that becomes our Teresa's Unoaked Chardonnay.

Winemaking Notes: Teresa's Unoaked Chardonnay came around one day during the 2005 harvest when Terri Balletto was walking through the cellar and tasted a tank full of Chardonnay juice about to be sent to barrels. Never a fan of hugely oaky wine, she inquired if it would be possible (at some future date of course) to make an unoaked version. Sure enough, the empty barrels were put back in their stacks and the juice fermented completely in stainless steel. Its been called Teresa's Unoaked ever since. The wine is whole-cluster pressed and fermented at low temperatures to help preserve all its aromas. The final wine is bottled in winter.

Bottle Size: .750


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