Russian River Vineyards
Russian River Vineyards and Winery is a historic property dating back to 1890. It is tucked away between the forested hills in the heart of Russian River Valley. The original winemaking facility was constructed in 1969 in the style of a traditional hop kiln and later abandoned. In 2008, four investors banded together to restore the property. Giovanni Balistreri (Gio) was one of the co-founders and is their lead winemaker. As a Sonoma County native, Gio grew up around wine and farming. He was influenced by the planting of Pinot Noir with his father in the Freestone region of Sonoma County. Later he honed his skills with a hands-on approach in the vineyard and cellar.
18 Russian River Vineyards, Peterson Vineyard, Stainless Steel. Chardonnay: A charming rendition of an unoaked Chardonnay with juicy Fuji apples, spiced pear and white flower blossoms. It is very floral, straightforward and immediately appealing.
17 Russian River Vineyards Judy’s Block Dijon Clone 828: Delicate ruby in appearance, this is like biting into a savory red raspberry tart. It is built on finesse, rather than power with crème de cassis and crushed strawberries. It is seductive and savory at the same time.