Wines

Wine Making Philosophy

John Balistreri’s 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

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.

2014 American Viognier $28

Delicate honey aromas invite you into this ripe and playful Viognier. This rich, “orange” wine exhibits flavors of honeycomb, juicy pear, and lychee.

 

Red Wines

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 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.

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.

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.

2014 American Syrah $32

Smoke and dried fruit aromas welcome this earthy Syrah. Palate is dark raisin and red cassis. This big Syrah finishes with great tannin, spice, and sweet cedar. A killer food wine!

2014 Colorado Syrah $36

(Talbott Vineyard) A classic Balistreri Syrah starting with white peppercorn and lush fruit aromas. The palate is ripened red berries with very creamy textures! Spices return on the finish, making this a perfect red meat wine.

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 $45   Barrel #308

(Talbott Vineyard) Finesse and power are on display in this wine. Lush and full, this voluptuous Cab has aromas of coconut and vanilla bean. These alluring aromas are soon met and transformed on the palate with delicious blackberry, maraschino cherry, and earthy cocoa. This wine is both focused and giving, with a velvety smooth mouth feel and restrained tannin.

2015 American Petite Sirah $46

Petite Sirah is a wine that normally needs some time to settle down, but this vintage is surprisingly ripe, juicy and ready to drink! That being said, it’s a classic Balistreri wine with bramble, berry flavors, red plums, and a mesmerizing purple hue. This wine is “most likely” to be found in winemaker John Balistreri’s glass.

2015 Colorado Cabernet Franc $34

(Black Bear Orchard) Sure to please, this is one of our favorite vintages of Cab Franc from the western slope. There is a lively acidity in this wine but it doesn’t skip on the lush raspberry fruit and smoky quality. There’s also a touch of roasted green chili flavor, which is a hallmark of the BBO vineyard.

Dessert Wines

Balistreri Port $28

Delish!! A “Ruby Style” Port produced with three Portuguese grape varietals: 35% Touriga, 35% Tinto Cao, and 30% Alvarelhao, grown in Amador County, CA; crushed in Denver. Caramel aromas invite you into brilliant berry flavors and a perfect balance of sweetness!

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!

 

Balistreri Library Wine Collections

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