2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir
Gold Medal - 2017 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
93 points + Publisher’s Picks - The Tasting Panel, May 2017
92 points - PinotFile, June 2017
Eight Best Rosé Wines - Sunset Magazine, May 2017
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2016 Balletto Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Noir - Russian River Valley Estate
Fun and wildly delicious, this Rosé of Pinot Noir has intense and pretty aromas. They’re supported with perfectly weighted texture, finesse and an electric vein of acidity that keeps it crisp, balanced and enticing. This is what rosé is all about.
The Balletto Rosé is made exclusively from estate-grown Pinot Noir, a grape known for delicacy, light color and good acidity. Its quality and distinctness stems from Balletto Vineyards’ commitment to growing and producing rosé. Every year, the rose? comes from vineyard blocks that are specifically farmed for rosé because of their brightness and soft tannin profile.
The grapes are loaded whole cluster into a wine press and gently squeezed to minimize skin extraction. The light pink juice is fermented completely dry and then bottled early the following year. There is no malolactic fermentation and the wine is sterile filtered prior to bottling.
Rosé Winemaking Philosophy: Rosé should be that wonderful, joyful wine that’s light, pretty and full of life. To coax the most complexity and balance from our pinot, we whole-cluster press 80 percent of the blend and bleed off 20 percent from our regular fermentation. The combination of the two methods gives the best of both styles. The whole-cluster portion makes the framework with acidity and minerality. The bleeds from the fermenters fill in the middle with bright fruit and texture. Together, they create the whole picture.
TA: 5.9 g/L
Stainless Steel Fermentation Case Production: 4,840 cases
93 points + Publisher's Picks - The Tasting Panel Magazine, May 2017
"Stone and raspberry, with notes of candied watermelon on the nose.The palate is all about the mineral tones and how they interplay with exotic fruits such as rhubarb and persimmon. High acidity adds even more to the textural nuances." - Meredith May
Pinot File, 92 Points - ”Sebastopol Hills : Russian River Valley’s Southernmost Pearl for Pinot Noir."
"The winery’s Rosé was originally a saignée with residual sugar, but Anthony Beckman has taken the wine more seriously since 2009, now producing 50% of it whole cluster like a white wine, 50% saignée, and vinifying it in stainless steel in a completely dry style. One of the few Russian River Valley wineries making a significant quantity of Pinot Noir Rosé. Aromas of strawberry, blood orange and herbs leads to a bright, clean, crisp and smoothly textured wine, offering delightful flavors of red berries, peach and pink grapefruit." - Rusty Gaffney, June 2017
Wine Spectator - "14 Enticing CA Rosés"
"Enticing strawberry and orange zest aromas glide easily toward lively watermelon and nectarine flavors." Tim Fish - March 27, 2017
Peloton Magazine - "May Stands for Pink," June 2017
"Domestically, it may be tough to top Pinot Noir as your rosé base wine. This offering is from the Russian River Valley’s Balletto. The aromatics are of orange zest and flowers in full bloom. The wine is a paler hue than you might expect from California; it’s also richer than some of the Old World rosés in flavor, with dollops of ripe-red berries and a still prominent acidity striking a balance. You definitely get the sense that the warmer vintage has filled this wine out, but it’s still got great zip.”- 92 Points - Clive Pursehouse
Sonoma Magazine - "22 Best Sonoma Rose Wines to Drink All Summer," June 2017
"A perennial favorite, we loved the easy drinkability of Balletto’s Rosé. The classic strawberry notes are complemented by herbaceous green tea, Kefir lime, candied apple and a bit of minerality. At under $20 a bottle, easily findable at the grocery or liquor store across the country, and family owned and operated, it’s an easy pick for the ice bucket when company comes over.”- Sarah Stierch