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.
Current Wine List
2015 Colorado Riesling $26
(Horse Mountain Vineyard) A traditional wine made by leaving the must on the skin and stems for an extended duration. This gives the wine structure, grip and complexity. Fresh apple pie aromas with a lemon pith tang on the finish.
2015 Colorado Chardonnay $28
(Book Cliff Vineyard) The Un–Chardonnay is back! Aromas of honeysuckle and birch invite you into buttery flavors of apple and caramel popcorn.
2015 American Vermentino $34
New for Balistreri’s! A lovely Italian grape with aromas of orange blossom that lead you into bright citrus flavors of grapefruit and tangerine pith. Finishing with hints of velvety white chocolate.
2015 Colorado Sangiovese $28
(Talbott Vineyard) Brilliant magenta color with hints of cranberry on the nose, bright cherry flavors, and a light and crisp finish.
2015 Colorado Zinfandel $26
(Talbott Vineyard) NEW! 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 Little Feet Merlot $26
(Talbott Vineyard) Stomped at the 2015 Annual Balistreri Harvest Party, this Merlot shows ripe Bing cherries, baked strawberry and good structure. A pure expression of Merlot, this wine has drive and character. We think it’s great now, but it will surely improve over the next several years.
2015 American Carignan $34
Another fantastic vintage of Carignan! An often overlooked grape variety, this Carignan is sourced from beautiful, Old Vines in Amador county. Aromas of lilac and violet compliment the fruity and warm spice-filled palate. Although lighter bodied than some other Balistreri wines, this wine has acidity and richness to yield a delicious wine suited for any occasion.
2014 American Tempranillo $32
Round aromas of vanilla and deep cherry kick of this precise, balanced, Spanish varietal. Dark focused fruit: cassis, ripened black cherry, vanilla bean. Finishing with roasted cocoa and structured tannin, it’s a perfect food or every day wine.
2015 Colorado Syrah $36
(Talbott Vineyard) A super-charged Syrah! The aroma reveals jammy raspberry, zesty orange peel, and a touch of toasty coconut. The palate is packed full of raspberry, blackberry and cherry fruit flavors. Although big and ripe, this wine keeps your attention with a note of green peppercorn spice on the finish.
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.
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
(Whitewater Hill Vineyard) Another fantastic vintage of W.W. Cab! Fresh aromas of ripe cherry and plum skin. Structured and full, the fruit compliments earth tones and fantastic dusty tannins. A stellar Cabernet fit to enjoy now with hearty meats or cellar for several years!
2014 American Petite Sirah $46
Inky, expressive and powerful. This Petite is always one of our favorites with lush, ripe berry fruits and long, pure tannins. This wine is terrific now but it will continue to improve long into the future.
2015 Colorado Cabernet Franc $24
(Avant Vineyard) Earthy and racy Avant Franc! Extremely mineral driven with flashes of tart raspberry. Finish is tar and green tobacco, a lighter Franc perfect with rich foods!
Balistreri Port $32
(Stranahan’s) 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 a warm whiskey-like finish! This limited port was aged for fifteen months in a Stranahan Colorado Whiskey Barrel!
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.
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!
The Balistreri Wine Library is a collection of wines that have been reserved by our winemaker for a special reason. These wines have either received awards at international wine competitions or are personal favorites. Balistreri Library wines are only available in sets of two or three bottles, intended for the serious collector.
Talbott Vineyard Vertical collection Call for Pricing and Availability
2005 Colorado Zinfandel #2281
2006 Colorado Zinfandel#178-179
2007 Colorado Zinfandel#148-150
Hovde Vineyard 3 bottle collection Call for Pricing and Availability
2003 Colorado Cabernet Sauvignon #2288
Bennett Merlot 2 bottle collection Call for Pricing and Availability
2000 Colorado Merlot #2065
2001 Colorado Merlot #2044
Lodi Petite Sirah 2 bottle collection Call for Pricing and Availability
2001 Petite Sirah #2063
2003 Petite Sirah #9925
Horse Mountain Vineyard Vertical collection Call for Pricing and Availability
2003 Colorado Syrah #2296
2004 Colorado Syrah #7838
2005 Colorado Syrah #123-124
Lovies Vineyard 3 bottle collection Call for Pricing and Availability
2003 Colorado Cabernet Sauvignon #9927