Lot #4 BALLETTO VINEYARDS
SEBASTOPOL HILLS HEIRLOOM
- Sonoma Coast
ABOUT THE WINE:
Using only California heritage clones, this wine comes from Balletto’s esteemed estate vineyards scattered throughout the Sebastopol Hills. The clonal material was made possible by California’s wine pioneers, who searched, begged and smuggled Pinot Noir plantings into California. After decades of trials and winemaking, a handful of California heritage clones emerged as superior for the California climate. This Pinot Noir encompasses both the spirit of those who gathered these cuttings, and John Balletto’s 25-year push to establish the Sebastopol Hills as a world-premiere wine region.
The Balletto family owns over 900 acres of vineyards in the Russian River Valley. They select the top 5% of grapes for their label and sell the remaining. Not only are their wines sought after, but their grapes are coveted as well by regional wineries. Their certified sustainable vineyards incorporate cover crops, natural pest control, compost, habitat management and recycled water. Balletto Vineyards is 100% solar powered including the entire winery, tasting room, event center and vineyard housing.
Winemaker Anthony Beckman looks forward to the Sonoma County Barrel Auction each year. It’s his opportunity to pay special attention to one barrel of wine, elegantly layered and filled with intensity, that he will personally deliver to the winning bidder.
WINEMAKER(S): Anthony Beckman
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: January 2024
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: March 2024
National Distribution: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WYA winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.