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Balletto Winery Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2012

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750ML / 14.2% ABV
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750ML / 14.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This ruby-colored Pinot Noir has an intense aromatic profile that begins with equal parts bright red fruit and warm savory elements. Then, theres a touch of dark toast and forest-floor earthliness that round out the aromas and give it extra depth. The smells are complex and ever-changing in the glass over time.

In the mouth, the brambly fruit aromas reappear and are surrounded by a perfect viscosity that has plenty of weight without going over the top. A crisp acidity keeps the wine lively and intertwines nicely with the structure. Its full across the palate with fine, coco-like tannins and a nice dose of astringency that lends additional grip and structure to this wine. Overall, the wine has struck the fine balance between delicate and structured, and will improve with bottle aging during the next three to five years (or more). It is undeniably Pinot Noir grown and made to be distinct, elegant and delicious.

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WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Burgundy in color, this soft, lush wine opens with seductive red berry fruit before delving into a velvety texture and forest floor earthiness. There’s a luxurious quality to this wine, shockingly fair priced, amid enviable structure and balance. On the finish, there’s a fine leathery coating on the tongue.
CG 90
Connoisseurs' Guide
A touch undersized in volume, yet nicely focused on lithe and lively red cherry fruit with a kiss of creamy oak in support, this balanced effort makes a smooth, somewhat supple passage from start to finish and never loses sight of its varietal allegiance. There could be some who find it a little lacking in size and sheer muscle, but we are more than happy to enjoy its buoyancy and its very clear and constant expression of Pinot Noir character.
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John Balletto began farming in 1977 at the tender age of 17. He had just graduated from high school and due to the untimely death of his father, gave up what looked like a promising college football and track career. With $200 in the bank and five acres in Sebastopol, California, John began farming produce with help from his mother, Hazel.

The Balletto Family has over 600 acres in the Russian River Valley and select 10% from many different clones and soil types to make their wine. They feel fortunate to sell the remaining 90% of their grapes to other wineries. In July 2010, the Balletto Family was honored being awarded the Sonoma County Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year.

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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