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|Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2017 (based on 3 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 11 notes) - and median of 88 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by travelme on 3/8/2014 & rated 88 points: Nice ruby red in color. Popped and poured through a Vinturi. A nice straight forward Pinot Noir. The nose was vibrant with cherry, cola, and a hint of spice. As another poster noted, nothing much too complex but a pleasant pinot nonetheless. The palate was pleasant with cola, strawberry, and cherry notes. It had a nice acidity. Light body with a nice finish and length. Highly recommended and drink now if you have a bunch. Not sure age will do anything to this wine/vintage combination but extremely good QPR for what I paid ($13) per bottle. I have had $40 pinots not be any better than this one so I was extremely pleased. My first Balletto and hopefully not my last. (294 views)|
| ||Tasted by IlonaN on 3/5/2014 & rated 85 points: Perfectly correct but simple pinot noir, less interesting than most Russian River PN's, dominated by cherry pie aromas and cherry cola on the palate. I didin't detect anyting that would argue for further cellaring or wishful thinking as to complexity.|
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| ||Tasted by AWineFan on 3/4/2014 & rated 90 points: A nice straight forward Pinot Noir. Not complex but very enjoyable. The nose is classic black cherries and cola. The palate is fresh with vibrant acidity. Light to medium body. Good length. (259 views)|
| ||Tasted by MRichman on 7/6/2013: Nice bright smooth pinot. Cola and red cherry flavors dominate. Yummy and easy to drink, light weight. Pleasant and I'd buy it again for $24.|
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| ||Tasted by Wineonthevine on 4/17/2013 & rated 90 points: Tried on the second night of bottle being open. Blackberry nose with hint of tobacco. Bright cherry flavors, with some chocolate notes. Mature Pinot with bright flavors. Enjoyable with or without edibles. Might age for a few years but would not hold it for more than a few years. Drinking well now. Hold or drink--your choice. (831 views)|
| ||Tasted by Fur in the glass on 4/12/2013: Slightly silky quality (376 views)|
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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.
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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.
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