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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 6 
TypeRed
ProducerBalletto Vineyards (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley
UPC Code826498091159

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2014 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.9 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 13 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Oakwine on 11/18/2012: - Ruby color. It's overly acidic with a light/medium body. Smooth texture with a medium finish. (1448 views)
 Tasted by scasbeer on 11/11/2012 & rated 89 points: Earthy, minerals on the nose with tastes of black cherry and cola. (1412 views)
 Tasted by ecola on 11/17/2011 & rated 90 points: Aromas and flavors of fresh red cherry and cranberry. Goes great with duck. Medium tannins and ready to drink. (2875 views)
 Tasted by Exprimer on 10/23/2011 & rated 89 points: Great fruit on the nose strawberry & cherry spice preserves, earth, slight cola note. Medium body, good acidity makes it a great food wine, little hint of grapefruit/citrus zest on the finish. A very enjoyable Pinot. (3178 views)
 Tasted by RobertDwyer on 8/20/2011 & rated 90 points: Rich but not overripe. Black cherry and cola notes. A little rough around the edges but there's so much right here it's hard not to love. Really nice wine. Read more... (4092 views)
 Tasted by dchisholm on 8/17/2011 & rated 90 points: Plum and dark cherry on the nose. Dark cherry, plum and spice. Great wine enjoyed with delicious pork chops. (671 views)
 Tasted by cartime on 7/29/2011 & rated 87 points: Jammy blackberry, vanilla extract, and a hint of earthiness. Medium bodied, ripe palate with a hot finish. Not my style. I'd compare this to Belle Glos Meiomi. (2269 views)
 Tasted by dchisholm on 6/20/2011 & rated 90 points: Plumand dark cherry on the nose. Dark cherry, plum and spice. worked well with thick cut pork chops. (623 views)
 Tasted by davesdream on 5/30/2011: Upon opening, way too sweet, cloying. Maybe time will help. I've had better RRV Pinot at similar price e.g. River Road. (2520 views)
 Tasted by mkkr on 2/20/2011 & rated 91 points: Solid nose with a nice Balance. Had it with salmon grilled on a plank with a soy ginger sauce. (2563 views)

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Balletto Vineyards

Producer website

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Sonoma County

Sonoma County Vintners

Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley Winegrowers Association | Wikipedia

 
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