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Balletto Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

To make our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, we ferment each lot of grapes separately in three to six ton batches and treat the grapes as lightly as possible to help minimize extraction of unwanted compounds. The same gentle care is used during barrel ageing to preserve as many fresh aromas as possible. In addition, we try to utilize the least amount of new oak necessary to lend structure to the wine while not overpowering the more delicate aromas with heavy oak tones. To accomplish this, the wine was aged in 100 percent French oak (with 28 percent new barrels) for 9 months. The wines were racked and blended in late April, 2010 and bottled two months later

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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:

This dark, ruby-colored Pinot Noir has an intense aromatic profile that begins with bright cherry and cassis and slowly shifts into a spicy clove, cinnamon and ginger profile. Then, there’s a touch of dark toast and forest-floor earthliness that round out the aromas and give it extra depth. The smells are truly complex and ever-changing in the glass over time. In the mouth, the 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. It’s full across the palate with fine, coco-like tannins and a nice dose of astringency that lend additional grip and structure to this wine. Overall, the wine has struck the fine balance between delicate and structured, and will improve with bottle ageing during the next five to seven years (or more.)

To make our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, we ferment each lot of grapes separately in three to six ton batches and treat the grapes as lightly as possible to help minimize extraction of unwanted compounds. The same gentle care is used during barrel ageing to preserve as many fresh aromas as possible. In addition, we try to utilize the least amount of new oak necessary to lend structure to the wine while not overpowering the more delicate aromas with heavy oak tones. To accomplish this, the wine was aged in 100 percent French oak (with 28 percent new barrels) for 9 months. The wines were racked and blended in late April, 2010 and bottled two months later

Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable

3216 cases and 72 bottles 1.5L Magnums produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 100% French Oak / 28% new barrels

Wine Specs:

Sugar: .05 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.07 grams per liter

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