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Ballentine Vineyards surprising whites at Auction Napa Valley

Vintner Frank Ballentine with 2012 Chenin Blanc
Vintner Frank Ballentine with 2012 Chenin BlancEdgar Solís

As part of Auction Napa Valley 2013, the barrel auction event took place on Friday May 31 at Raymond Vineyards. Among the ninety plus wineries pouring their wines at the Marketplace area, Ballentine Vineyards offered unique white wines. The 2012 Napa Valley Chenin Blanc and the 2012 St. Helena-Napa Valley Malvasia Bianca, these wines were the perfect choice for a Napa Valley warm summer day.

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Ballentine VineyardsCourtesy of Ballentine Vineyards

Napa Valley is well known for their intense red wines so it is very exciting to taste beautifully crafted white wines made in this renown winemaking region. While pouring their amazing white wines, Frank Ballentine shared with us his family winemaking story; dating back to 1906 when Mr. Libero Pocai purchased land and planted his vineyard in Napa Valley.

  • 2012 Ballentine Napa Valley Chenin Blanc: (100% Chenin Blanc) This white wine express vivid aromas of stone fruit, green apple, lemon, tangerine peel and white flowers. On the palate this wine feels fresh and crisp, fruit forward with pear, peach, honeydew and nice citrus notes. The finish is dry with citrus herbal notes and hints of floral that lingers. Great companion for white fish, shellfish, crustaceans and chicken with citrus and herbal sauces. Retail Price: $19
  • 2012 Ballentine St. Helena-Napa Valley Malvasia Bianca: (100% Malvasia Bianca) Aromas of verbena, lemon balm, spicy globe basil, lychee, Meyer lemon and pineapple sage. On the palate this wine feels refreshing with peach, ripe pear, tangerine, passion fruit and fresh citrus herbal notes with a hint of spice. A hint of sparkle gives this wine a beautiful zesty finish. Enjoy this wine with salads/citrus vinaigrette dressing, stir-fry, asian foods, white fish, oysters, crab and creamy cheeses. Retail Price: $24