Balletto Vineyards

Owner(s) John Balletto
Web site www.ballettovineyards.com
 
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John Balletto started farming in Sonoma County at the age of 17 in 1977. Today he owns 280 acres in western Sebastopol devoted to wine grapes. 60 acres are planted to multiple clones of Pinot Noir. The western edges of his property are shared with the Laguna de Santa Rosa wetland habitat and are preserved lands. 2001 was the first year that wine was made under the Balletto label after the conversion of substantial vegetable ranch land into vineyards. The winemaker is Dan Cederquist.

Balletto Vineyards is at 5700 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. The tasting room is open daily from 10:00-5:00. The phone is 707- 568-2455. The wines are sold on the website. The Balletto Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs are sensibly priced and consistent winners in local wine competitions. Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Syrah and Zinfandel are also offered.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Balletto Estate Bottled Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $17 (retail $28). Double Gold Medal 2011 Sonoma County Harvest Fair. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Bright aromas of black cherries, black plums and blackberries, veering to the ripe side. Wood-kissed darker fruits on the palate with a citrus peel note in the background that lingers on the finish. Lacks conviction and a little too oaky, but pleasant. Decent. Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Balletto Burnside Road Vineyard Estate Bottled Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 350 cases, $35 (retail $40). Gold Medal 2011 Sonoma County Harvest Fair. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of very ripe dark berries and plums with hints of prune and oak. Middleweight very ripe fruit flavors with notes of Hoison sauce and rhubarb. A bit linear and bogged down with oak. Soft tannins make for easy drinking. Disappoints for a medal winner, but may find fans among those who prefer very ripe flavored Pinot Noir. Good. Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Balletto Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.59, 4,004, $24. Sourced from four vineyards, 16 different lots, 12 different clones. Natural yeast fermentation. Aged in 25% new French oak barrels for 9 months. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. Penetrating aromas of blackberry jam with hints of spice, purple roses and oak. Moderately intense core of dark berry and stone fruits with a lasting impression of Hoisin sauce on the finish. Veers to the riper fruit side. Some silky charm with bright acidity. ($16 at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa). Good (+). Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2007 Balletto Burnside Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 300 cases, $22. · Demure aromas of dark red fruits with a faint echo of oak. Lip-smacking sweet dark red fruits with a hint of spice and anise. Full-bodied and rich with healthy ripe tannins and a tangy finish. Huge bang for the buck. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Balletto Winery Block Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 300 cases, $22. Sourced from the best grapes surrounding the winery. · Very appealing aromas of black cherries and black raspberries riff with spice and lavender. A solid wine with respectable black cherry fruit intensity, remarkable for its smooth texture and impressive for its very clean finish. An incredible value. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Balletto Vineyards Russian River Valley Estate Bottled Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $25. · An easy drinker featuring dark red Bing cherries, smoke and forest floor presented in a lighter style with soft tannins, a silky texture and a refreshing finish. Commendable balance. Reviewed November 2, 2008 ARTICLE »

2007 Balletto Vineyards Russian River Valley Estate Bottled Winery Block Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $28. · Sensual aromas of confected berries, cherries and baking spices. Rich cherry liquor on the palate, nicely spiced, beautifully balanced, with gossamer tannins and a clean finish. Holds up in the glass nicely over time. Reviewed November 2, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Balletto Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 3,178 cases, $20. Clones 667, 777, 32, 114, Swan, 37, 9 and 23. Aged 9 months in French oak. · Black cherry nose with a forest floor accent. Nicely spiced fruit flavors. A medium-bodied, light and silky wine which finishes clean. Very enjoyable and a great drink for a Jackson. Reviewed January 20, 2008 ARTICLE »