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

White Wines

2016 Colorado Riesling $26

(Horse Mountain Vineyard) An extremely crisp, not sweet Riesling, still made in the “Orange” style with good skin contact. Light, refreshing, and aromatically fun; white grape skin and apricot on the nose. More classic Riesling flavors of citrus and lemon peel on the palate, finishing totally dry!

 

2016 Colorado Chardonnay $28

(CSU Vineyard) An intense Chardonnay fermented on its skins and unfiltered. Baked apple, and a buttery texture lure you in before the heavy, lingering finish reminds you this is not your average Chardonnay!

2015 Colorado Orange Muscat $30

(Talbott Vineyard) Although dry, this “Orange Muscat” is loaded with delicious tropical fruit flavors and aromas. Ripe pineapple, caramelized orange, touch of lemon zest and soft star anise spice! A classic Balistreri “orange” wine!

 

Red Wines

2016 American Sangiovese $26

Affectionately code-named “Brunello” this is a bold, energetic vintage that is sure to impress on any occasion! Brilliant magenta color gives way to an exuberant nose of cherry cola, almond and cedar wood notes. The finish is    balanced yet giving, warm and round.

2015 Colorado Zinfandel $26

(Talbott Vineyard) Finally! It has been 5 long years since we’ve had a Colorado Zin crop, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you! Playful pomegranate & strawberry fruit explode with bright acidity, finishing round and warm with caramel hazelnut flavors! Yum!

2015 American G.S.M. $32

This is our newest rendition of a classic blend – Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre – these grapes just seem to fit together! This vintage is a touch lighter than last year, with a soft mouth feel, raspberry cinnamon spice and hint of ruby red grapefruit on the palate.

2015 Colorado Malbec $42

(Avant Vineyard) A Malbec from another planet! Not the classic blueberry dark fruit, this wine is popping with boysenberry, acidity and brightness! Overwhelmingly floral, lilac and plum blossom, with a contrasting spice of intense green peppercorn.

2016 Colorado Little Feet Merlot $26

(Talbott Vineyard)  Made with grapes stomped by kids back in the Fall of 2016 at Belmar’s Festival Italiano, this Merlot is dark and intense caused by heavy extraction from those little feet. Full in body and texture, but open and revealing to its strawberry and dark cherry nuances.

2015 Colorado Tempranillo $32

(Talbott Vineyard) Tempranillo from the Western Slope is back! This wine is full of power, dark fruit, extremely balanced tannin, and beautiful magenta color. Aromas of plum skin, crushed raspberry and lush red fruit usher in a pallet of ripe bing cherry finished with gentle, subtle spice.

2015 Colorado Syrah $36

(Avant Vineyard) Another dense and delicious Syrah from a longtime friend and grower of ours. Even and balanced aromas of dried cranberry,     earth, and a hint of fatty game lure your nose in the glass. Juicy and full, allow this tight Syrah to open up and show jammy blueberries staged over earth and gentle oak.

2015 Colorado Syrah $56

(Horse Mountain Vineyard) This vineyard is among the most expressive and treasured of our line up. The nose is dominated by aromas of freshly ground black pepper, while the palate is ripe, smooth and full of creamy fruit flavor. Always one of our most treasured bottlings, this Syrah is the perfect pairing for lamb or other red meat.

2016 Colorado Cabernet Franc $32

(Black Bear Orchard) A unique expression of Cabernet Franc that shows an interesting contrast of tart cherry, subtle chocolate and a spicy chili accent. This vintage is especially vibrant with ample acidity and tannin. BBO is a unique vineyard that always surprises… Decant this for 1+ hour to reveal more spicy pepper and Anaheim chili aromas.

2014 Brother’s Cabernet Sauvignon $24

Grown by the Winemaker’s cousin in Lodi, CA; crushed in Denver. An old style Cabernet with welcoming fresh floral aromas, tart strawberry and earth  tones that lead to pleasant slightly creamy tannins.

2015 Colorado Cabernet Sauvignon $36

(Avant Vineyard) First ever vintage of Cabernet from Neil & Diane Guard! Tannins are mild and balanced with soft earth and savory notes. Blackberry is pronounced on the tongue with subtle spice and bell pepper, classic of the Avant Vineyard.

2015 American Petite Sirah $46

A deep purple pour will tip off your brain to what your palate is about to experience. You will find late-summer strawberry and candied plum on the nose, moving into a full body of dense, black fruit. Its pretty and dark, full of heavy ripened plum, cherry, and has an oily rich texture. This creates a lush balance against the tannin and ushers a unique harmony only seen in a Balistreri Petite Sirah.

 

Dessert Wines

Balistreri Port $28

Delish!! A “Ruby Style” Port produced with three Portuguese grape varietals: 40% Tinto Cao, 20% Torigua, and 20% Alvarelhao, as well as 20% Zinfandel grown in Amador County, CA; crushed at the Winery here in Denver. Butterscotch aromas invite you into stewed berry flavors and a perfect balance of sweetness with.

2015 Late Harvest Zinfandel $20

A sweet Red with dried cherry and black currant aromas that invite you into dried fruit flavors on the palate as warm spices linger on the finish.

Colorado Cherry $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.

 

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!

Click Here to View Ray’s Special Library Wines!