Skip to main content

Taste of Provence: Balletto 2011 RRV Rose' of Pinot Noir

A matter of perspective; “Sometimes I can't tell if you're teaching someone how to dance or just really inefficiently learning how to count” ~ Elan Gale

Whenever I dine-out, I typically bring a bottle of my own wine from home or something I've just scored on a jaunt through wine country, like my last trip to Napa and Sonoma. Most restaurants have a policy of waiving "corkage" if you order a bottle from the menu. In those situations; I typically go for rosé, a wine which typically goes fantastically well with appetizers.

When I have a choice; I like to drink rosé produced from Navarra, California Pinot Noir or a Côtes de Provence style. In this case, ordering the Balletto 2011 Rose' I was able to get the latter two in one bottle [two-fer].  

The wine we ordered was not chilled, we were then offered an opportunity to taste an alternative [Saintsbury], they serve by the glass, wow Jolly Rancher watermelon flavor, more reminiscent of a cheap Sutter Home white-zin. So we opted for a bucket to put a chill on the Balletto Rose' of Pinot Noir. From the moment I saw this wine in the bottle to the very first slurp, this wine gave a nice tip of the cap to Provence.
I was pumped for the experience and this wine delivered it in spades. When I commented via twitter about the style of the wine and suave sophistication of this very tasty Rose', his reply came back.

Provence is certainly the inspiration & goal every year.” ~ Anthony Beckman Winemaker
 
I encountered this wine while dining-out in Santa Rosa, at a delightful place called Petite Syrah, just a few exits down the road from Windsor. I thought to myself, 'wow what a great name for a restaurant". But I'd recommend ordering appetizers before dinner comes out of the exposed kitchen as wonderfully prepared and wonderfully executed entrees are a bit on the "petite" side of the equation. The food was delicious and the service was fantastic, but c'mon I would have given up to half of my kingdom for a baguette [I know, what was I thinking, right?]. Sorry to say a small plate of sweet potato chips really didn't cut it for three people, good thing we had a ordered a few appetizers to tame the hunger pangs, before the main event.

This may sound a bit over-stated, but that has never stopped me before, so here it goes. In my experience; it would seem that the RRV has become a mecca for delicious and delicate styles of rose wines that shout Rosé de Provence. In the glass this brilliant orange-hued with shades of pink color glowed softly in our glasses.

This lively wine comes from a careful touch of skin contact from Pinot Noir; small quantities of free run juice really [no press in sight]. On the nose, plenty of vibrant rose petals, dried strawberry and a kiss of meaty summer peach. The palate bites at ripe strawberries, kisses your mouth with tangy-citrus, wet-stone and lemongrass. I found this wine well balanced, piped with bright acidity. If you’re looking for pairing suggestions, this rich enough to pair up with salmon or even duck, yet light enough to handle a plate of fresh mussels.

 At the time of writing, this wine is listed as the one of "current" releases. It sells for $18 and is available for purchase for the moment. I gave this wine a solid 92 points and highly recommend it to you. But I wouldn't hesitate too long, as this solid summer sipper will disappear faster than a cool summer breeze. I was taking a look through their website and was "wowed" by their other selections, so sad I missed out on the opportunity to sample their other wines, looks like their slaying the point’s monster quite nicely. I'll definitely have to stop-by on my next visit. Until next folks, continue to sip long and prosper cheers!

Comments

Anonymous said…
Hey, thanks for quoting me here. Though it's unrelated, I find it quite charming.

Best
Elan

Popular posts from this blog

Champagne Uncorked: A Visit to Champagne Louis Roederer

“I'll drink your champagne. I'll drink every drop of it, I don't care if it kills me.”  ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby Girls
My first trip to Champagne, was for me, a complete success. I came away from the trip with a brand new appreciation and a deeper desire to get to know it so much better. With each trip to France, I come away with a profound new respect for the country and its people. I've become a Francophile. A place, I barely knew or understood twelve years ago, back before I started this wine journey I'm currently on. I know this will sound cliched, but I like to think of wine as a journey, it's not a destination.

Each stone you overturn on the pathway to discovery develops greater understanding and appreciation not only for the wine but for the great folks behind these labels, who bring great traditions and passion to the table. It's evident in what they say, how they say it and oh-so-evident in the final product, passion is a sure 'seller' a…

Five Last-Minute Thanksgiving Wine Buys

"The three things that make a vineyard great are the climate, the soil, and the exposure. Bien Nacido Vineyard ~ James Ontiveros  

Another wonderful year is nearly ready to put in the can and stored away for posterity. But every year at this time we collectively take the time-out to give a "thanks" for our many blessings.Every year at this time, I give my Top Five Thanksgiving Holiday Wine 'picks' and this year is no exception. I know my post is a bit "danger" close for those wanting to stock up for the holiday, but this short and sweet guide is for the procrastinators who've waited for the last minute to hear about five Oregon Pinot Noir selections to brighten up their holiday menus for Thursdays big feast. 

The Willamette Valley in Oregon is known as a 'mecca' of sorts, where powerful, yet delicate, soulful Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay is grown, fermented, aged and bottled. I've recently become a resident of this state, much t…

A Spoonful of Social Media

“You can buy attention [advertising]. You can beg for attention from the media [PR], or you can bug people one at a time to get attention (sales). Or you can earn attention by creating something interesting and valuable and then publishing it online for free.” –David Meerman Scott, Best-Selling Author & Speaker

It was just about four years ago in downtown Paso Robles that Mrs. Cuvee and I were visiting the area, which we try to do as often as possible. We love to hit the wine trail nice and early, but before we head out for the day, we make it a point to have a big breakfast. Since we were staying at the Paso Robles Inn, we thought we'd have breakfast there at least once, the food was tasty, the service was excellent, and the coffee was hot. 

Just one thing was missing that morning; there were no spoons, yes you heard me right, not even a single spoon anywhere to stir cream and sugar into my coffee. We looked at the tables behind us, nothing, we looked into the server station, t…