Current Wine of the Month
Previous Wine Club Selections
2015 American GSM $32
This is our newest rendition of a classic blend – Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre – and these grapes just seem to fit together! This vintage is a touch lighter than last year, with a soft mouth feel. Aromas of dried currant and wet cedar evoke the first sensations of autumn. Raspberry, cinnamon spice and hint of ruby red grapefruit on the palate make this wine lively, yet rich. We recommend just sipping this GSM or pair it with a savory dinner, – herbed garlic roasted chicken, anyone?
~Angelina Domenico & Raymond Domenico
2015 Colorado Cabernet Sauvignon $36
This Cabernet Sauvignon from Talbott Vineyard in the Grand Valley of Colorado is the first of several exciting 2015 Cabs! The aroma is full and voluptuous, starting with hints of bell pepper, then transforming to blackberry and round blue fruit with hints of earthy cocoa. The palate is unbelievable delicious and giving, with intense blackberry and jammy dark cherry, smoothly forming into a focused and restrained tannin. This is what huge, smooth Balistreri Cabs are all about!
We hope you enjoy this wine!
2014 Colorado Cabernet Franc $32
(Beach House Vineyard)
A rich and dynamic, new world Franc! Green tobacco, bell pepper and fresh churned earth aromas settle in front of speckled wild berries. Palate starts bright with balanced acid, roasted green pepper, and rounds out full with flinty minerals and structured tannins!
Enjoy this spicy Franc with savory summer dinners!
2014 Colorado Syrah $36
Our July wine is a big bold Colorado Syrah perfect for a summer barbecue! Opulent aromas of blackberry and currant lead you into this ripe young wine. It’s full bodied with hints of spice and cedar emerging after the luscious berry fruit flavors subside. The dry finish continues to linger on, awaiting the next sip.
2015 Colorado Sangiovese $28
This fun Sangiovese is the first release of the 2015 vintage! Just bottled, this is the perfect summer red. Aromas of cranberry and subtle earth open the palate to fresh cherry and bright grape.
The ideal dry summer wine! Cheers!
~Ray & Angelina
2013 Colorado Petite Sirah $46
A super light bodied Colorado Petite Sirah! It’s completely out of character for a Petite Sirah. These grapes survived a difficult growing season on the western slope of Colorado and were harvested in between bouts of rain in October of 2013. The rain diluted the intensity of the grapes, and the result is a delightful red to enjoy as the weather warms up. Fresh woody aromas transform into hints of cinnamon spice and juicy berries on the palate. The finish is clean and smooth with soft tannins that linger. Enjoy on the patio or deck!
2014 Colorado Cabernet Franc $32
(Black Bear Orchard Vineyard)
We are welcoming Spring with a new Franc!
Our Cab Franc’s are traditionally earthy wines that demand food. This one is fruitier and brighter with a pleasant acidity, making it a great wine to pair with food, but not quite as green peppery as past vintages.
A rich garnet hue invites you into aromas of black cherry, spices, and toasted oak. The palate is super bright with flavors of mulberry and raw cranberry; that seamlessly evolve into banana pepper mid-palate, and then spicy wood tannins on the mouthwatering finish.
Enjoy this Franc with a juicy steak, fatty meats, or a rich, hearty dinner.
Description by the Winemaker’s Granddaughter:
Brother’s Cabernet Sauvignon $24
Our March wine of the month is your choice! We have three different Cabs to choose from. They are produced with grapes grown by the winemaker’s cousin Joe Spano in Lodi, California and of course crushed here in Denver. Joe grew up here in Denver and his nickname is “Brother”. Brother has 30 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and most all of his grapes go to a large winery in California but he saves a couple rows for us and hand picks ours at the perfect ripeness to produce these classic medium bodied cabs that can be enjoyed “everyday”.
The 2014 is new and vibrant while the 2013’s have been ageing for an extra year in the Barrels for depth and complexity, influenced by American oak and/or French oak. It’s a perfect opportunity, and fun to taste the differences. We look forward to visiting with you in the tasting room!
2014 Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon
An old style Cabernet with welcoming fresh floral aromas, tart strawberry and earth tones that lead to pleasant food friendly tannins.
2013 Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon
(Aged 2 years in American Oak)
Green tobacco aromas lead you into stewed rhubarb and strawberry flavors, accented by garden herbs of thyme and rosemary with a mellow-smooth finish.
2013 Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon
(Aged 1 year in American Oak plus 1 year in French Oak)
Intense vanilla and toasted oak aromas lure you into flavors of dried cherries, cinnamon and allspice, that return to toasted oak, vanilla, and a hint of mocha on the finish.
2014 American Syrah $32
An intensely fruit forward Syrah!
Grapes grown in Amador County, CA, this Syrah boasts a full body with lush, ripe berry flavors. Cream soda, lavender, and vanilla notes all collide in this smooth Syrah. There are hints of spice throughout, but the palate is dominated by raspberry and red plum.
Sip this wine on its own, or enjoy with any delicious meal of your choice!
2014 American GSM $36
Our first ever blend, GSM, is comprised of three grape varietals; Grenache 24%, Syrah 38%, and Mouvedre 38%, grown in Amador County, CA. This is a common blend across the world, but is a specialty of the southern Rhone Valley in France. Grenache is said to contribute spice, red fruit, and green herbs. Mouvedre provides tannins and color to the blend, as Syrah brings dark fruit and structure.
Our GSM is an excellent medium bodied wine that boasts aromas of woody spices and flavors of red current and subtle lychee berry notes on the front of your palate. As the wine continues to unfold, sage, thyme, and tarragon are accompanied by green peppercorn spice and smooth oak tannins. Enjoy our take on this classic blend with any hearty meal!
Happy New Year!
From all of us at Balistreri’s
2014 American Petite Sirah $46
December’s Wine of the Month is an extra special Petite Sirah, perfect for the holiday season!
Inky purple hues, deep expressive flavors, and all-around powerful, Petite Sirah is always one of our favorites! This wine boasts aromas of mocha and tobacco that invite you into its creamy palate. Lush, ripe berry fruits of blueberry, boysenberry, and blackberry lead to long, pure tannins on the finish.
This wine is terrific now and will continue to impress long into the future.
From all of us at Balistreri’s
2014 American Carignan $28
Carignan is a Spanish/French varietal that has been traditionally used in blends throughout the “wine world”. We sourced the grapes for this 100% Carignan from Cooper Vineyards in Amador County California. It’s the second vintage of Balistreri Carignan from this vineyard and we hope to continue making it for years to come.
We chose this wine for November because it will certainly be one of our choices at the Thanksgiving table. The brilliant magenta color invites you into the delicate fresh wood aromas. It’s very light bodied yet both creamy and fresh, with vibrant strawberry and tart cranberry flavors. The beautiful acidity of this wine finishes crisp and clean with minimal tannins, making it a perfect pairing for lighter fair like turkey and even fish. We hope you enjoy this young wine with family and friends.
Oh here’s an easy pronunciation. Karen-Yawn 🙂
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Balistreri’s
2014 Colorado Sangiovese $28
A luscious Sangiovese, this wine sure is a crowd pleaser! With its light to medium body, it’s great to sip on its own or pair with food. Beautiful aromas and flavors of strawberry and cranberry fill out the body on this Sangiovese, with a finish accented by vanilla bean and just a touch of licorice spice. Pour this wine at your next dinner party and your guests won’t be disappointed.
2014 Little Feet Merlot $26
It’s September already! And that means it’s time to release the new 2014 Little Feet Merlot, which was stomped by kids at last year’s Festival Italiano.
Due to dry freeze on the Western Slope of Colorado in 2014, this release of our Little Feet Merlot features grapes from Lodi, California which is located on the northern edge of the San Joaquin Valley east of San Francisco Bay in the Central Valley. As always, the grapes were harvested by hand, and shipped directly to us to be crushed by feet at the festival.
This year’s vintage really showcases Lodi’s Climate. The warm days and cool nights of Lodi have created a wine that exhibits bold, ripe strawberry qualities balanced against fresh and vibrant acidity. The wine was aged in neutral oak barrels which preserves the freshness of the fruit while adding structure and body.
Although this wine has the structure to age several years, we believe it is gorgeous right now! Stop by the winery and give this wine a taste!
Also, don’t forget to join us for this year’s Festival Italiano at Belmar in Lakewood, Sept 12 & 13th, to have your kids or grandkids stomp the new vintage! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Hospital.
SOLD OUT 2002 Colorado Merlot $36
(Grand River Vineyard)
A lovely old Merlot! This ‘02 is certainly an aged treat from the Balistreri Wine Cellar! Aromas of sweet red bean, celery root, and cardamom invite you into this antiqued Merlot. The palate opens up with rustic cherry and espresso flavors while the finish satisfies with a smooth, earthy salinity. Enjoy with your end of summer BBQ!
As with many aged Balistreri wines, this wine is best decanted very gently to avoid disturbing the natural sediment that has collected on the cork and bottle over the years.
SOLD OUT 2013 American Tempranillo
These Tempranillo grapes grown in Amador County, CA have proven to produce some of the richest and ripest Balistreri reds. Also known as Tinto Roriz, this grape is one of the grapes we use in our Balistreri Port. The stressed berries in the high appellations of the Sierra Nevada mountain range cater to our big, fruit-forward, Balistreri style.
Tart fruit aromas react to air, giving this Tempranillo creamy batter sensations over time. The pallet is bright, but with dark fruit; Italian plum, black cherries, black currents. A proper tannin structure makes for a great food pairing and one of our most well balanced wines.
SOLD OUT 2013 Colorado Syrah
A new release 2013 Colorado Syrah. We sourced the grapes for this Syrah from a small vineyard that overlooks the Colorado River in Palisade Colorado. It’s a big robust Syrah with deep garnet hues. Warm allspice aromas lead you to stewed blackberry and ripe plum flavors that unwind into rich chocolaty mocha as the finish returns to the warm allspice and star anise that lingers. This bold wine is a perfect pairing for just about anything you may be grilling this summer, from grilled veggies to grilled meats and poultry.
SOLD OUT 2013 Colorado Sangiovese
A perfect summer wine! As the weather warms up, be sure to slightly chill this bright Sangiovese down to cellar temperature (55-60 degrees Fahrenheit). This versatile Colorado Sangiovese is easily paired with food or fantastic as a stand alone! Fruit aromas accompanied by subtle vanilla set the stage for this ripe Sangiovese. Fresh Bing cherry flavors paired with warm tannins help to complete the wine with a lingering, almost hazelnut, finish. A perfect wine to get us all ready for summer, this 2013 Colorado Sangiovese is a classic Balistreri treat!
Love this wine now while it’s young and vibrant, but be sure to cellar some to enjoy as it matures and mellows.
SOLD OUT 2013 American Syrah
This month’s wine is a new release; just in time for spring barbeques! Due to the short supply of Colorado grapes in 2013, caused by winter damage, we are pleased to release this intense American Syrah made with grapes grown in Amador County, CA.
Dark purple hues invite you into deep aromas of plum, pomegranate, and spicy white pepper. Fresh raspberry and black licorice-tinged blackberry lead into tart flavors of cranberry and eucalyptus. The finish is young with firm, gripping tannins that capture your attention and leave you awaiting the next sip.
SOLD OUT 2013 Brother’s Cabernet Sauvignon
Grown in Lodi, CA by the winemaker’s cousin, Joe Spano, and crushed here in Denver, this Brother’s Cab is a mild, everyday Cab. Dried cherry, currant, and licorice root on the nose, invite you into this fruit forward, earthy finishing wine. Bursts of cherry and strawberry on the front, lead into rhubarb and savory spices mid-palate. Its finish is slightly spiced with green peppercorn and soft, earthy tannins. Brother’s Cab is great to sip by it self or enjoy with dinner!
2013 Colorado Cabernet Franc
(Beach House Vineyard) $32A new release, this Cab Franc was made with grapes grown right here in Palisade, Colorado by Beach House Vineyards. Traditionally used as a Cuvée blending grape, this true 100% varietal Franc explodes with characher! This wine is a testament not only of the power, but also the uniqueness behind Cabernet Franc. The farm pepper and river rock aromas intrigue and welcome you into the wines rustic heritage.
Dark cherry and hidden espresso liven it’s hearty earth completions. Then finishing dry with spicy tannins, it continues to change! Notice this Franc evolving on your palate into rich fruit and plum flavors. A bold and savory dinner wine that is sure to delight all, sip after sip! Your wine description this month is by Balistreri grand kids Angelina and Ray. Cheers!
SOLD OUT 2013 American Petite Sirah
We’re starting the New Year with an extra special Petite Sirah for Wine Club Members. This beautiful dark magenta wine is a superb example of what the Petite Sirah grape has to offer. This wine begins with aromas of blood orange and blueberry, as welcoming flavors of fresh plum intensify to cooked berries and warm spices on the palate. A luxurious Petite that finishes rich and savory, with a hint of lingering orange rind. Great to enjoy now with hearty meats, or to cellar for several years!
SOLD OUT 2013 Colorado Cabernet Sauvignon (Talbott Vineyard)
Cabernet Sauvignon is a noble grape that produces complex, full bodied wines. Our 2013 Cab Sauv from Talbott Vineyard is no exception! Deep burgundy hues and aromas of ash, boysenberry, and spicy oak entice you to take a taste. A leathery texture compliments warm cedar and tobacco flavors on the palate. The finish is slightly spicy, and nuances of cranberry linger long after your sip. Enjoy the rich, bold flavors of this classic Cab throughout the Holiday Season with family and friends! Have a Very Merry Holiday from all of us at Balistreri Vineyards!
SOLD OUT 2013 American Primitivo (Amador County, CA)
We chose this juicy Primitivo for our November Wine of the Month because we thought its jammy characteristics would make this wine pair delightfully with Thanksgiving dinner! Sweet, candied dates on the nose, invite you into the jammy mature fruit on the palate. The finish is rich with a subtle black peppercorn spice. These Denver crushed Primitivo grapes were brought to us from Amador County, CA. Primitivo originated from Italy and is known as the “father” grape of Zinfandel. Both descend from the same rare Croatian varietal, but Primitivo roots can be traced back thousands of years, whereas Zinfandel roots can only be traced back 200 years
SOLD OUT 2013 American Tempranillo (Amador County, CA)
These Denver crushed Tempranillo grapes were brought to us from Amador County, CA. Because this vineyard is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, we get the full effect of stressed grapes presenting fresh ripe fruit flavors. A blast of cherry aromas help bring on the bright young plum and tart cherry palate. Pleasant, dry, and ready for Fall! Cheers!
SOLD OUT 2013 Colorado Little Feet Merlot (Talbott Vineyard)
Stomped by little feet at Festival Italiano in the Fall of 2013 in Belmar, this Merlot is finally ready! An easy start of soft cherry and floral aromas introduce this new wine. The palate is bright with fresh fruit, ramping up to a big finish of toasty tannins. A portion of the presales of Little Feet Merlot is donated to Children’s Hospital Colorado. Enjoy this brilliant Merlot on it’s own or with your favorite dish!
SOLD OUT 2005 Colorado Syrah – (Whitewater Hill Vineyard)
Our August wine is an aged treat from the Balistreri Cellar! This 2005 Syrah has been maturing in the bottle for the past eight years, allowing the tannins to mellow gracefully.
Notes of green olive on the nose make for an interesting introduction to coffee, smoke, and ash flavors. Subtle hints of light fruit make this wine pair perfectly with hearty foods and barbeque. Salute! As with many aged Balistreri wines this wine is best decanted very gently to avoid disturbing the natural sediment that has collected on the cork and bottle over the years.