A taste of California red wine

Balletto, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, Burnside Vineyard, Pinot Noir 2008 The nose features sweet cherries and a touch of vanilla. The mouth features a supple and elegant interplay of both – very nice. P&B by Laguna Oaks Vineyards & Winery in Santa Rosa 14.2% purchased for $25.99 at Traverso’s Balletto

Martella, Mendocino, Heart Arrow Ranch, Petite Sirah 2006 The nose features a big dash of brown spices and liquer-like black fruit. In the mouth this wine is big and ripe while the tannins are polished – nice. Produced and bottled by Michael Martella in Portolla Valley 14.5% $35  at the winery, a gift to the class from the SFCWC Michael Martella

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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