2009 Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
The age of the Bacigalupi vines and the unique clonal selection of this vineyard (Pommard and Wente Selection) set its qualities apart from many Russian River vineyards. Complex and layered aromatics of both fruit and earth greet the nose. Brambling fruit leads but is quickly followed with damp earth and herbal notes. On the palate this wine is soft and delicate yet bright and intense flavors of cranberry and raspberry come to mind. As on the nose, flavors like tea leaf and cinnamon create interesting layers. Additional layers of red berry flavors and mild tannins are the result of mature old vines showing depth and dimension.
Bacigalupi Vineyard Notes
Located on Westside Road in the Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley appellation, the Bacigalupi vineyard is responsible for growing some of the most fabled, sought after Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel in all of Sonoma County. Helen and Charles Bacigalupi’s first plantings date from the early 1960’s when Carl Wente sold the Bacigalupi family Pinot Noir cuttings from his vineyard in the Livermore Valley. We are fortunate to purchase approximately 2 tons of the Old Wente Selection PInot Noir and 2 tons of Pommard Clone from this historic vineyard each year.
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Russian River Valley
Sep 1-Oct 1, 2009
potential of 7-8 years
Pinot Report: 94 | Connoisseurs Guide: 90