“The 2022 vintage will be remembered as a beautiful growing season with intensely flavored fruit, as we picked before the severe September heat spell. Sourced from a single vineyard site, this vintage is our ninth Chardonnay release,” explains Benoit Touquette. The 2022 Teeter-Totter Chardonnay delivers on the characteristics this wine is known for – pure, bright, and powerful fruit, paired with toast, honey and brioche – and adds new layers of lemon, apricot, white peach and stunning minerality. The full-bodied palate rolls into a smooth, lingering finish that keeps you coming back for more. It comes from Napa Valley and was aged in 50% new French oak and 50% stainless steel to bring refreshing acidity to the glass.
“Sometimes great wine takes itself too seriously. Teeter-Totter doesn’t have to try so hard – its effortless grace shines through from the moment you pop the cork. With every vintage, we aim for superior quality-price ratio, approachability, and irresistible charm,” explains vintner and winemaker Benoit Touquette. Benoit may have 28 (and counting) 100-point wines under his belt, but he’s never forgotten his humble roots or his playful sense of humor. The Teeter-Totter label makes drinking great wine accessible – and above all, fun. While he takes winemaking and viticulture very seriously, he wants Teeter-Totter to be all about helping people enjoy great wine without getting pretentious about it. Benoit Touquette grew up in one of Burgundy's Lyon, before moving to Bordeaux to attend graduate school. He worked on the mobile bottling lines to pay for schooling, and it was while doing this that he got to see and feel the infectious passion of the winemakers he met. So he quickly switched his focus to oenology and completed two degrees before moving to Napa Valley to intern with renowned winemaker Andy Erickson (formerly of Screaming Eagle, Staglin and now Dalla Valle, Favia and Marciano) before venturing on his own to become winemaker at Realm Cellars and launch Fait Main and Teeter Totter. Benoit's style of wines that he produces are opulent and bold, with a focus geared towards showing each vineyard's potential.