Localization: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Tasting notes: It's light straw in color with brilliant clarity. Aromas are complex with citrus, yeastiness, pear, honey and just a touch of sweet, toasty French oak. Across the palate, it could be mistaken for a French Burgundy with its minerality, lush mouthfeel and structure. The flavors match the aromas with layers of savory yumminess. Acidity is spot-on making you want another sip. This is a classic Chardonnay with some old-world/new-world style.
The Domain: Susan and Duane Hoff were college sweethearts. While attending the University of Minnesota, Susan worked at a stereo shop called Sound of Music. By the time the couple married several years later, the company had grown to 12 stores — and by the time their first child was born, 50. No longer called Sound of Music, the store was now known as Best Buy. Both Susan and Duane continued to establish successful careers in Minneapolis, helping grow Best Buy into the Fortune 100 company it is today. Eventually, they were both ready to trade fast-paced corporate lifestyles for a new way of life — one where they could start a business as a family. In 2004, Susan and Duane purchased a 53-acre parcel with a 10-acre vineyard and named it Fantesca Estate & Winery.
FRANCESCA'S NAMESAKE: The name of the winery comes from a character in the Italian comedy troupe that inspired Cirque Du Soleil. La Fantesca was the single female character in the early theatrical performances of Commedia dell’Arte. Both the lover and the equal of the protagonist, Harlequin, Fantesca could always be counted on to charm the audience. When we heard Fantesca described as ”Sexy, Smart, and Unpretentious,” we knew we had found a name worth living up to.