2015 BCD Vineyard Pinot Noir

93 points - Wine & Spirits Magazine, March 2018    

"This grows at an estate vineyard in the Santa Rosa Plains. It comes across as less ambitious than some of Balletto's other 2015s, but it's all about dark cherry fruit, crunchy and fresh, completely filling the texture to capture pinot noir's silken, satin-rich feel at its best. There's a buzz of honeyed tannins that provides the wine its staying power and, eventually, with air, lends it a sense of grandeur." — Joshua Greene

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2015 Cider Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

91 points - Wine & Spirits Magazine, March 2018    

"This vineyard's 14 acres of pinot noir face west toward the Pacific, ten miles away. In 2015 its fruit developed a fresh raspberry intensity, rosy and spicy enough to stand above the powerful tannins and smoky oak. The fruit provides a mouthwatering complexity, filling the tension of the tannins, making the wine accessible now and well suited to a few years of bottle age." — Joshua Greene

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2015 Sexton Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

92 points - Wine & Spirits Magazine - March 2018   

"A north-facing hillside of Goldridge soil, Sexton Hill grew a floral, red-fruited pinot in 2015. It hints at roses and the coastal forest scent of manzanita while delivering a substantial, velvet-textured wine. Clean, firm and lasting, this is pretty delicious three days after the bottle was first opened, suggesting it will age well over the next few years." — Joshua Greene

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2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

91 points + Best Buy - Wine and Spirits Magazine, March 2018      

“This wine's dusty perfume carries the fragrance of red cherries and roses. It's bright, fresh and breezy, with enough richness to the tannins to ground it. Light enough for grilled salmon, it would also be right at home with a salad of duck confit." — Joshua Greene  

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2015 Burnside Vineyard Pinot Noir

90 points - Wine Enthusiast, December 2017           

“Bright waves of cola and clove provide underlying spiciness and freshness to this thick, juicy wine. It explodes on the palate, with crisp red-fruit and orange-peel flavors.” — Viriginie Boone

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2015 Sexton Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

92 points - Wine Enthusiast,  December 2017

“With a fruity exuberance of crisp cranberry and red cherry, this wine delights in touches of nuanced herb and earth. Light bodied and refreshing, it maintains elegant complexity and depth, a lovely example of site and winemaking.” — Virginie Boone

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2015 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

92 points + Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast, December 2017       

“Apple skin, sea stone and lemon notes comprise the light-bodied narrative of this balanced, bright and complex wine. From a vintage known for its modest yields, this wine shows the quality of the producer’s estate vineyards, which range across the appellation.” Editors’ Choice. — Virginie Boone

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2016 Teresa’s Unoaked Chardonnay

90 points - Wine Enthusiast, December 2017           

“This is an estate-grown white, unfettered by oak, that opts instead to focus on floral apple-blossom aromas and bright, fresh flavors of tangerine and grapefruit zest. A bite of green apple shines on the finish.” — Virginie Boone

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2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

90 points - Wine Enthusiast, November 2017

“This medium-bodied appellation wine is impressive in its combination of crisp red fruit, rhubarb, watermelon and pomegranate flavors alongside a dash of orange citrus. The smooth texture adds to the whole, as does a seasoning of allspice, while the finish is snappy in acidity.” — Virginie Boone

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2013 Brut Rosé Sparkling

90 points -  Wine Enthusiast, September 2017         

"Made in the traditional method for sparkling wine production, this dry, refreshing wine is easy to enjoy on its own, with light fare or on a picnic. A light expression of wild strawberry and lemon peel, it's balanced in acidity and approach." — Virginie Boone

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2016 Gewürztraminer

91 points - Wine Enthusiast, August 2017    

"Balletto is making some fun, brightly crafted whites, like this floral, waxy one, that are not to be ignored amongst all its other estate offerings. Honey and white flower scents punctuate the nose before light, bright layers of lychee and orange flavors come through on the palate." — Virginie Boone

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2016 Sauvignon Blanc

91 points - Wine Enthusiast, August 2017    

“Luscious pear, vanilla and stony, preserved lemon flavors permeate the palate of this crisp, light-bodied white. Though delicate and elegant, it has a subtle texture and plenty of length to the wet stone and lemongrass-inflected finish.” — Virginie Boone

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2015 Sexton Hill Vineyard pinot noir

93 points - Pinot File | Prince of Pinot

"Sebastopol Hills : Russian River Valley’s Southernmost Pearl for Pinot Noir," June 2017  

"Enticing aromas of dark red fruits, rose petal and spice. Middleweight in style, with fruit flavors of black raspberry and black cherry framed but structured fruit tannins that support rather than impose. Nicely balanced with an intensely fruity finish that leaves a smile." — Rusty Gaffney

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2015 Winery Block Pinot Noir

93 points - Pinot File | Prince of Pinot

 "Sebastopol Hills : Russian River Valley’s Southernmost Pearl for Pinot Noir," June 2017

"Exuberant aromas of dark strawberry, cherry and mocha are inviting. A lovely wine in the mouth, with noticeable dark berry fruits that impress on entry, mid palate and finish. Fine-grain fruit tannins provide support and juicy acidity stokes the bright and persistent finish." — Rusty Gaffney

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2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir

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

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2016 Pinot Gris

92 points + Best of Class + Gold -  2017 North Coast Wine Challenge

"Stone fruit and pear, citrus note, perfect pairing with oysters." — Judges

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2016 Teresa’s Unoaked Chardonnay

90 points + Gold - 2017 North Coast Wine Challenge           

“Finally no oak Chard. Vibrant; no butter" — Judges

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2016 Sauvignon Blanc

97 points + Gold - 2017 North Coast Wine Challenge           

"Zingy; zesty; zippy. Porch pounder" — Judges

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2015 Cider Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay

95 points + Gold - 2017 North Coast Wine Challenge           

"Nice buttery nose, nice acidity, refreshing" — Judges

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2015 Sexton Hill Vineyard Chardonnay

94 points + Gold - 2017 North Coast Wine Challenge

“Classic, tasty chardonnay, nice & bright, good acidity” — Judges

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2015 BCD Vineyard Pinot Noir

92 points – PinotFile | Prince of Pinot

"Sebastopol Hills : Russian River Valley’s Southernmost Pearl for Pinot Noir." — June 2017  

"This wine offers the essence of black cherry, blueberry and pomegranate fruit aromas and flavors accented with a pleasing hint of oak spice. A satiny texture and admirable harmony add to the enjoyment." — Rusty Gaffney

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2012 Balletto Brut Rosé

91 points + Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast, March 2017

"From entirely estate-grown Pinot Noir (70%) and Chardonnay (30%), this dry sparkling is vivacious and fun, crisp in apple, pear and raspberry. Lively, lemony acidity lifts the palate. Complementing the freshness is the rounded plushness of ripe fruit and an earthy accent." Virgine Boon

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2015 Sexton Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

92+ points - Wine Advocate, March 2017     

"Reveals a nose of raspberry leaves, Provence herbs and lavender over a core of red currants and crushed cranberries. Medium-bodied and very finely crafted, it has a lively herbal lift on the palate with chewy tannins and great freshness."  — Lisa Perrotti-Brown    

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2015 Winery Block Pinot Noir

90 points - Wine Advocate, March 2017       

“Has earthy, bramble leaves and forest floor notes with a core of black raspberries and warm red currants, plus a hint of potpourri. Medium-bodied, it delivers a great intensity of earthy red and blackberry flavors with finely grained tannins and a lively lift to the finish.” — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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2015 BCD Vineyard Pinot Noir

92 points - Wine Advocate, March 2017       

“A little youthfully mute, offering suggestions of dried herbs, pomegranate and forest floor with hints of fungi and moss. Medium-bodied with a great intensity of earth and red berry flavors, it has a firm frame of fine-grained tannins and lively acid, finishing long and minerality.” — Lisa Perrotti-Brown           

 

 

2015 Cider Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

94 points - Pinot File | Prince of Pinot

"Sebastopol Hills : Russian River Valley’s Southernmost Pearl for Pinot Noir," June 2017  

”The nose draws you in with aromas of dark raspberry, black cherry and pipe smoke. Mid weight in style, with vivid flavors of blackberry and black raspberry that grab hold of the mid palate with a vengeance. Satiny in texture with inviting harmony, and a very long, juicy and berry-fueled finish. You won’t be able to stop at one glass with this beauty." — Rusty Gaffney

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2015 Emerson Block Pinot Noir

93 points - Pinot File | Prince of Pinot

"Sebastopol Hills : Russian River Valley’s Southernmost Pearl for Pinot Noir," June 2017

"The nose is very charming, featuring aromas of black cherry, spice, tobacco smoke, dark chocolate and floral goodness. Mid weight plus in style, offering a haunting core of black cherry fruit with a minerality that is quite apparent. Firm tannins make for a slightly brutish wine, but in a good way." — Rusty Gaffney  

 

2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir

93 Points + Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast, November 2016       

"Stainless-steel fermented, this crisp, thirst-quenching wine is fruity, floral and highly inviting, focused in well-defined flavors of tangerine and lemon. High in acidity without ever pushing too far, it remains complex and textured on the palate, finishing with a memorable tang."

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2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir

Enthusiast 100 Best of Year 2016 | Top 100 Wines of 2016 - Wine Enthusiast, December 2016

Only 2 Rosés included in top 100 - we were the only American Rosé

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2014 18 Barrel Pinot Noir

94 points - Pinot File | Prince of Pinot,  August 2016           

"Dazzling aromas of wild berry jam and dark muddled cherries. Superb presentation of a mixture of dark red cherry and berry fruits that enter with aplomb, expand in the mouth and finish with memorable length. Silken in texture, with a splendid acid underbody, offering elegance with power. A subtle sense of earthiness, terra cotta and mushroom add a savory note that tantalizes." — Rusty Gaffney

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2015 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

92 points - Pinot File | Prince of Pinot

"Sebastopol Hills : Russian River Valley’s Southernmost Pearl for Pinot Noir," June 2017  

"A flamboyant wine with bright flavors of lemon, pineapple, honeysuckle and almond croissant. Very generous flavors of citrus, white peach, and pear, with well-integrated acidity. This one really aims to please and is a terrific value." — Rusty Gaffney

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2015 Burnside Vineyard Pinot Noir

92 points - Pinot File | Prince of Pinot

“Sebastopol Hills : Russian River Valley’s Southernmost Pearl for Pinot Noir," June 2017  

"Deep aromas of cherry and allspice. Quite charming in the mouth, with a mid weight, juicy core of earth-kissed black cherry fruit. Polished, with firm tannins and some finishing length. Quite typical of the Sebastopol Hills." — Rusty Gaffney

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2015 Cider Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

90 points - Wine Advocate, March 2017

“Beautifully understated, offering a quiet intensity of fallen leaves, mossy bark and black loam notes with glimpses of red cherry and blackberry fruit. Medium-bodied, the palate is earthy/savory in nature with a seamless tannin and acid frame, supporting the elegant fruit and finishing with lingering herbal notes." — Lisa Perrotti-Brown 

 

2014 18 Barrel Pinot Noir

92 points - Wine Enthusiast, December 2016           

“This is a blend of three vineyard sites important in other designated bottlings: Cider Ridge, Burnside and Sexton. Floral, with a pretty nose, it opens in spicy clove with a meaty texture, ultimately showing as dark, brooding and savory, as spicy in white pepper as driven by acidity. It has tannin and weight, yet remains fresh and lively in the glass.” Virginie Boone

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2016 Pinot Gris

91 points - Wine Enthusiast, August 2017    

“High-toned citrus is kept fresh and alive by this wine’s core of stony minerality. It’s further buoyed by floral undertones and an overall sense of lightness.” — Virgine Boone

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2013 Balletto Brut Rosé

92 points – PinotFile, Prince of Pinot – June 2017

"Sebastopol Hills : Russian River Valley’s Southernmost Pearl for Pinot Noir”

“Inviting bead, with plenty of Pinot Noir character. Dry with a quenching finish driven by both yeast and fruit notes." — Rusty Gaffney

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