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Balletto Vineyards Pinot Gris 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

Making the tank ferment portion of the Balletto Pinot Gris is all about patience. Chilling the tank to 52 degrees Fahrenheit helps maintain the beautiful perfume inherent in the Pinot Gris grape, but slows down the fermenting yeast to a near standstill. In 2010 the tank ferment portion of the wine came in on October 10th at 24.4 Brix and started fermentation a day later. The yeast finally converted all the sugars three months later in the first week of December. Its a risky and stressful venture, but the resulting aromas make it worthwhile.

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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:

A magnificent burst of aromas come off this pretty wine. It has all the traditional perfumes associated with finely made Pinot Gris. Theres pear, apricot and Meyer lemon in abundance and gorgeous minerality with highlights of honeysuckle and wildflowers. Underneath, a mellow passion fruit aroma gives the wine extra depth and balances the high-toned citrus aromas with rounder tropical ones. A refreshing dose of lime rounds out the bouquet and continues into the crisp, cleansing mouthfeel. While showing tartness in the mouth, the wine still maintains a rich texture and structural viscosity. The honeyed finish lingers for several minutes and is more reminiscent of a finely made red wine than a crisp summertime white. This silky structure is achieved through fermenting 50 percent of the wine in neutral oak barrels and lees stirring several times a month. The remaining 50 percent, which slowly ferments for several months at 52 degrees Fahrenheit in stainless steel tanks, gives the wine its crisp and fresh perfumes.

Making the tank ferment portion of the Balletto Pinot Gris is all about patience. Chilling the tank to 52 degrees Fahrenheit helps maintain the beautiful perfume inherent in the Pinot Gris grape, but slows down the fermenting yeast to a near standstill. In 2010 the tank ferment portion of the wine came in on October 10th at 24.4 Brix and started fermentation a day later. The yeast finally converted all the sugars three months later in the first week of December. Its a risky and stressful venture, but the resulting aromas make it worthwhile.

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Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable

2,473 produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 50% Stainless Steel / 50% Neutral French Oak

Wine Specs:

Sugar: .18 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.83 grams per liter

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