Wines

Wine Making Philosophy

John Balistreri’s wines are made completely natural, with a very approachable, easy-drinking style. He combines both traditional wine-making methods and modern technology to produce award winning wines- handcrafted, one barrel at a time, with grapes that are fermented on their own yeast, unaltered by sulfites, unfiltered, unfined and aged in American oak.

Read more about Balistreri Vineyard’s on our History page.

Current Wine List

This time of year, many of the previous vintage wines are selling out while the new vintage is coming out.

White Wines

2018 Colorado Riesling   $26

(Horse Mountain Vineyard) Ripe lychee fruit aromas lead you into the sweet, yet refreshing palate while the finish lingers with a citrus lemon note that is utterly delightful.

2018 Colorado Sauvignon Blanc   $32

(Avant Vineyard) A light and lively summer wine with ripe pineapple aromas and flavors that bounce back and forth on your palate with citron and lemon. this hazy untraditional Sauv Blanc was fermented on the skins for seven days contributing to the layers of flavors.

2017 Colorado Chardonnay $28

(Bookcliff Vineyard) You don’t see chardonnay like this very often! Aromatically, it’s very pure and refined. On the palate it opens up with warm spices, orange zest and just a hint of cinnamon. Unlike most chardonnays, this was fermented on the skins for 21 days promoting our unique “orange wine” character.

2018 Colorado Viognier   $26

(Talbott Vineyard) Viognier is the perfect varietal to ferment as an “Orange Wine” because the extended skin contact only accentuates the full and rich body the grape is already known for. Structured and fruit forward, this Viognier has notes of honey, stone fruit and tropical flavors.

Red Wines

2018 American Sangiovese   $34

This 2018 is surely on of our favorite vintages of Sangiovese in recent memory. Immensely expressive aromas with notes of fresh cream, red berry fruit and dark cherry. Layer after layer of ripe fruit please the palate, while a long smooth (creamy) finish gives balance to an otherwise fruit dominant wine. Though quite young, the use of older American Oak barrels has given this sense of poise and balance rarely seen at this stage.

2018 American Grenache   $36

While some Grenache can be quite rugged, this vintage embraces the more elegant side of the varietal. Light bodied, yet complex, this has expessive and refined notes of dark cherry, baking spice and rose petal. On the palate, the wine is graceful with gentle tannins and beautifully integrated acidity.

2017 American Carignan $38
This forgotten grape is sourced from old vines in the historic Amador County of California. The older vines naturally create amazing concentration and purity of fruit. Even with ample ripeness, it’s still balanced, nuanced and extremely easy to drink.

2016 Colorado Tempranillo   $28

(Talbott Vineyard) Aromas of juicy sweet raspberry kick off an expressive and complex Tempranillo. The mouth-feel is smooth and easy; not too heavy or too light, this wine is very balanced over the palate. Cherry skin, raspberry and subtle menthol lead to a finish of refreshment and savoring tannin.

2017 Colorado Petite Sirah   $36 (Sold Out)

(Talbott Vineyard) A more spiced and edgy side of Balistreri Petite! Aromas are cranberry, black peppercorn, and baking spices. On the         tongue you’ll see continued spice on the front of the palate, transforming into tart plum. After all this aggression and dynamic tones, the wine finishes very smooth and balanced. Softer than other vintages, this 2017 is still no slouch. Pair with game, like Easter lamb!

GSM   $32

A Cuvee consisting mostly of Syrah alongside noticeably juicy Grenache and deep Mourvedre. The aroma offers mild spice accompanied with fresh floral notes; a result of the whole cluster fermentation. The palate expresses vibrant cherry, energetic and pleasing as it finishes with subtle tannin. A complex & juicy delight fit for lamb, roasted veggies, or backyard lounging.

2017 Colorado Syrah   $36

(Avant Vineyard) A wine of serious structure and depth, this new Syrah is everything we love about the varietal. It’s rich and full bodied with plenty of dark fruit character that makes it a perfect pairing for red meat. Though this wine spent time in a new barrel, there’s still plenty of herbal spice  notes that seem to amplify as the wine gets air – a hint as to how this bottle may develop in the cellar.

2017 Colorado Malbec  $32 (Sold Out)

(Bookcliff Vineyard) We now source Malbec from several vineyards but it has been since the 2012 vintage that we’ve had some from Bookcliff! The wine is very dark purple, with heavy and dense aromas. Complex spice from the 4 year old oak barrels, and intense plum. Its juicy, dark, full up front, energetic and transparent on the palate with a young and clean finish. A rare expression of Malbec, one you typically do not see!

2018 Colorado Little Feet Merlot   $26

(Talbott Vineyard) Stomped by kids at Festival Italiano last year! Another exceptional year. This Merlot is rich and luscious with deep garnet hues and fresh berry aromas. Flavors of black cherry and currants linger on the smooth soft finish.

2016 Colorado Merlot   $26

(Talbott Vineyard) This Merlot sees a generous amount of tannin and extraction having fermented slow and kept on its skins for almost 5 weeks. A riper presence on the palate, violet and blackberry compliment one another kicking off a fresh start on the tongue. This concludes with less dry tannin than the Little Feet Merlots, but with more fruit forward weight. A real deliciuos and charming expression of Merlot.

2015 Colorado Cabernet Franc      $24

(Avant Vineyard) A vibrant expression of a classic earthy Franc aged in oak for 2 years. Flint and tart grape aromas introduce a bright and spicy palate. Subtle hints of  sour cherry and bell pepper mingle with woody tannin on the finish. Perfect for pairing with savory foods.

2016 Colorado Cabernet Franc          $30

(Beach House Vineyard) A vibrant expression of those classic earthy Francs. Flint and tart grape aromas introduce a bright and spicy palate. Subtle hints of green peppercorn, sour cherry and bell pepper are complimenting and fresh. Tannin creeps on the finish, a sign of great body and texture. Perfect pairing with foods or aging.

2017 Colorado Cabernet Sauvignon   $36

(Newcomer Vineyard) Cabernet, when made naturally, can give you terrific insight into the terroir of the vineyard that the grapes are sourced from. Newcomer is very unique compared to our other Cabernet vineyards. Instead of pure fruit character, this wine is driven by powerful spice and herbaceous qualities. Although the fruit takes more of a backseat to the spice, this wine is still immense in stature with powerful tannin and a long, lingering finish. The green peppercorn spice notes make this an interesting wine to pair with a variety of dishes.

2017 Petit Verdot  $48
A grape rarely seen on its own, this wine is 100% Petit Verdot. Inky and dark colors lure your nose to aromas of herbal spice and jazzy fruit. Palate is juicy big red fruit, oak spice and lush hefty finish. A wonderful wine to hold and age or enjoy now with fatty meats and heavy foods. Prime rib?

Dessert Wines

Colorado Cherry    375ml    $14

Barrel aging adds character to this delicious cherry wine. Almond, spice & strawberry aromas are followed by sweet hazelnut and cherry   flavors, reminiscent of fresh Summer cherry pie.

2018 Late Harvest Zinfandel   $20

A sweet and tangy red perfect after dinner, as sangria, or  for those that need to please their sweet-tooth! Candied cherry and spiced raisin flavors tickle your tongue, while the sensations of jammy big Zin are still not forgotten in this Late Harvest. Cheers!

Balistreri Port   375ml   $28

Unless you are willing to travel to the Douro Valley itself, you will not find a more authentic Port than this! We source traditional Portuguese varietals (Tinto Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinto Souzao, Tinto Cao) to create this delicious, sweet “Ruby style” port. This vintage has a beautiful focus and energy, which brings a liveliness to the sweet, rich dark fruit flavors. Not to be missed!

Ray’s Special Library Wine List

The winemaker’s grandson, Ray, put together a list of some of our favorite Library Wines! We love being able to share some truly hidden gems; some have aged to become exquisitely smooth, while others were made in such a limited quantity, they never made it on our tasting room line up. If you have visited the winery lately, you may have been lucky enough to taste one of them!

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