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2009 Ballentine Vineyards Chenin Blanc "Estate Grown"

Ballentine 2009 Chenin Blanc

Winery: Ballentine Vineyards

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Estate Grown"

Wine Category: Chenin Blanc

Grape blend: 100% Chenin Blanc

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $16

Cases produced: 3,528

KWG Score: 87.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: February 10, 2012

Wine Review: This light white gold colored Chenin Blanc from Napa opens with a mild green apple and Anjou pear like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and savory. The flavor profile is a pleasant Anjou pear with notes of minerality and white pepper. The finish is dry and refreshing. This wine is food friendly and would pair well with steamed mussels in a garlic broth with garlic bread on the side. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Our 2009 Chenin Blanc has some of the most vibrant aromatics we have seen in this wine. It has aromas of peaches, pears, citrus blossoms, sage, honeysuckle, apple, lime, and lemon. We make this wine crisp, clean, fruit forward, and it is a great palate cleanser. The structure is full and silky with a crisp finish. The wine has a zesty citrus character on the palate with notes of peach, melon, floral blossoms, and spice. This Chenin Blanc has a very fruity nature to it, but is absolutely made in a dry style which allows the finish to linger with clean citrus and floral flavors.

Organic status: not organic

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