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Thursday, June 11, 2009

2006 Balletto Pinot Noir

This Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is one of the best value wines on the market and has shown consistent quality for the last three to four vintages I've tasted. I actually had the opportunity to visit the winery on my last trip to Sonoma and it was a great experience too because they share their tasting room with Dutton-Goldfield winery, who I think make some of the very best wines in all of Sonoma.

This 2006 Estate Bottled Russian River Pinot Noir was produced from 100% Pinot Noir aged 9 months in 100% French oak barrels. It is a light and subtle style Russian River Pinot with plenty of grace and elegance to go along with it's chiseled minerality and brimming acidity.

On the nose I get an obvious strawberry rhubarb aroma, along with mineral, wet stone, and some nice wild raspberry notes. It's light, soft, and elegant on the palate and shows flavors of strawberry and raspberry, combined with a nice mineral character. I find this wine to be distinctly cold weather Sonoma Pinot Noir because it's not rich in flavor or body but more penetrating with razor sharp focus. This is the kind of Pinot I totally love with Salmon!! 89+ points

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lesley said...

I would LOVE to try this!!
Definately up my street from the way you descibed it!
If I see it I will buy, providing they're not charging the earth.

 
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