From the Notre Vue Estate Vineyard & Winery, which straddles the respected AVAs of Chalk Hill and Russian River Valley, come these two uplifting summer sippers labeled under the Balverne nameplate. The winery, which suffered two fires last year, is relaunching with these young and vibrant wines. If they're any indication of their potential, I look forward to future releases. Both of these are available for purchase direct from the winery.
2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $24
The muted and very pale platinum strawberry appearance in the glass might suggest an austere wine, but one whiff dispenses with that impression. The layered and complex nose is a telling precursor to a supple texture and far more dimension than expected. While enjoyable on its surface, there’s real substance to this wine. I’m not sure that I would have identified it as pinot noir blind, but damn if it doesn’t deliver some thought-provoking character. Balanced and very well made.
2019 Sauvignon Blanc Chalk Hill $27
Classic California sauv blanc on the nose: fresh cut grass, Grannysmith apple, and a touch of citrus zest. All that goodness carries through to the palate with honesty and a crackle of acidity to boot. Quite pleasant.