Balletto Vineyards Estate Pinot Gris 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

To add complexity, the Balletto Pinot Gris is made in two separate lots. The first is fermented in a stainless steel tank at 52 degrees Fahrenheit. This cold fermentation takes up to five months to complete and gives the wine its bright fruit tones and crisp mouth feel. The second half is fermented in old, neutral barrels and generally finishes in three to six weeks. The barrels are stirred every two weeks to keep the solids insuspension and enhance the wines texture. The two incredibly different lots were blended in late February before bottling.

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Balletto Vineyards & Winery:
2001 was the first vintage for our winery. As grape growers first, we strongly feel that with good grapes comes good wine. It all starts in the field. Our grapes are handpicked and we use only French barrels from a variety of barrel makers. In addition, all of our wines go through malolactic fermentation. With the help of consulting wine maker Dan Cederquist, we feel we have produced an exce... Read more
2001 was the first vintage for our winery. As grape growers first, we strongly feel that with good grapes comes good wine. It all starts in the field. Our grapes are handpicked and we use only French barrels from a variety of barrel makers. In addition, all of our wines go through malolactic fermentation. With the help of consulting wine maker Dan Cederquist, we feel we have produced an excellent representation of Russian River Valley Chardonnay, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Russian River Zinfandel and Sonoma Coast Pinot Gris. Balletto has four vineyards in the Russian River Valley from which we receive grapes to make wine. The main vineyard and the Winery are located at 5700 Occidental Road in Santa Rosa, California. Balletto Vineyards Russian River We are just Southwest of another family owned and operated winery: Hanna Winery. The western edge of the vineyard is adjacent to the Laguna de Santa Rosa waterway, which is a major tributary to the Russian River. This vineyard is located in the Santa Rosa Plains area of the Russian River Valley and has 3 different clones of Chardonnay on 100 acres. We also grow 8 clones of Pinot Noir on 60 acres and we have 5 acres of Pinot Gris. We have three different soils types – Wright Loan Shallow, Clear Lake Clay and Blucher fine Sandy Loan. The majority of our fruit is sold to other wineries, but we feel fortunate to be in the unique position of a small winery with the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of clones grown on many different soils. Another vineyard we have in the Russian River Valley is known as BCD Farms. This vineyard is a partnership and is located North of our winery site on Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa. This is an area known to produce some outstanding Zinfandel grapes. BCD Farms is an 80 acre vineyard with gentle rolling hills. This vineyard produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Zinfandel. A recently acquired vineyard is a 65 acre vineyard on Piner Road in Santa Rosa - about 10 minutes North of the winery, which has sauvignon blanc and gewurztraminer varietals. This Vineyard is the Balletto Family home ranch located in the hills of west Sebastopol. Balletto Vineyards Home Ranch Other wineries with vineyards close by include Merry Edwards and Martinelli. The TTB recently approved a petition submitted by the Russian River Valley Grapegrowers to extend the boundries of the Russian River Valley appellation. This extended area includes our home ranch. The home ranch is planted with 3 different clones of Chardonnay, 9 different clones of Pinot Noir and 2 clones of Pinot Gris. The soil type in this vineyard is Gold Ridge Loam. This vineyard is in a slightly cooler and more windy climate than our main ranch and winery site, requiring different vineyard management techniques, such as pruning for a later bud break for frost protection, and early leafing for better air flow around the grape clusters. Read less

Tasting Notes:

Heres a fantastically complex Pinot Gris. This pale-straw colored wine opens with musky and exotic fresh fig and floral honey tones. The secondary aromas reveal ripe red apple, melon and lemon. Altogether, these aromas are ever-changing and intoxicating. In the mouth, its lush and perfectly viscous with a dose of tartness that balances and holds the wine together. The fig and honey aromas make a secondary appearance in the finish to create a generous and incredibly long aftertaste thats enhanced with a hint of butterscotch. This versatile food wine has enough body and flavor to complement rich seafood like lobster and scallops and would also serve as an aperitif. It's a perfect summertime wine.

To add complexity, the Balletto Pinot Gris is made in two separate lots. The first is fermented in a stainless steel tank at 52 degrees Fahrenheit. This cold fermentation takes up to five months to complete and gives the wine its bright fruit tones and crisp mouth feel. The second half is fermented in old, neutral barrels and generally finishes in three to six weeks. The barrels are stirred every two weeks to keep the solids insuspension and enhance the wines texture. The two incredibly different lots were blended in late February before bottling.

2,743 cases produced.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.8% pH: 3.39
Sugar: 0.34 grams per liter Total Acidity: 7.0 grams per liter

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