At age 17, John Balletto took over of his family’s farming business upon the sudden death of his father. On the recommendation of Warren Dutton, John transitioned to grape growing, owning 850 acres of estate-grown vineyards in Russian River. Balletto reserves the best for his own label, selling fruit to other top producers. He’ll admit, ”there’s not a piece of property that I don’t like.” John Balletto and winemaker Anthony Beckman confess to an unhealthy obsession in making great wine.
14 Brut Rose´: This Balletto estate sparkling wine is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. The pale salmon color has inviting floral notes of warm toast and raspberry foam. This serious rose´ opens with stone cherry fruits, candied Meyer lemon and refreshing minerality. It is well suited for most foods.
17 Sexton Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir: I have always been fond of Balletto’s Sexton Hill single estate vineyard., which is situated in the Sebastopol Hills neighborhood. A shy ruby color opens with red violets and spring flower aromas. Delicate amounts of kirsch and dried flowers make up the core. More feminine and elegant in its personality.