Balletto Brut Rosé 2013

As if you need an excuse to drink sparkling wine, it’s the holiday season! Whether it is to celebrate with friends and family or just to brighten up a weeknight, you should always have a bottle (or several) ready to drink.

One new sparkling wine I discovered recently is the Balletto Brut Rosé 2013. It comes from the Russian River Valley, in California’s Sonoma County.

The sparkling rosé is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from Balletto’s sustainably farmed estate vineyards. The Pinot Noir was fermented in stainless steel; the Chardonnay was fermented in neutral oak barrels and underwent malolactic fermentation.

The bubbles were created via méthode traditionnelle, the in-bottle fermentation method used in Champagne. The sparkling wine then spent three years with lees contact in the bottle.

Inside the green bottle you’ll find the brut rosé is a lovely coral color. Notes of wild strawberry and Rainier cherry are complemented by toasted brioche and a crisp minerality. Small and energetic bubbles give the Balletto Brut Rosé a lively mouthfeel.

This is a food-friendly sparkler, so don’t just enjoy it as an aperitif. Try it in place of still rosé, fuller bodied white wines and Pinot Noir or lighter bodied red wines.

For more information on the wines of Balletto Vineyards visit ballettovineyards.com.

$44, 12.9% alcohol

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