2009 was a great year for Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley. This beautifully balanced wine has a classic raspberry jam aroma. Hints of cinnamon, cocoa and baking spices compliment the ripe, sweet red and dark fruits. Nice tannins finish broad and lush across the palate. The cool weather patterns of morning fog and warm afternoons helped keep a vibrant acidity which will contribute to its age-ability.
Aged in 100% neutral French oak.
220 cases produced
The 2009 harvest was a notable year especially for Russian River Pinot Noir. Cool and mild weather caused slowing in maturity which leads to a wonderful and complex flavor profile. Our 2009 exhibits a dark garnet color. On the nose, a bouquet of fresh strawberries, currants and a hint of sandalwood. This wine has a full, opulent, yet robust mid palate and finishes with lush fruit essences and a subtle spice of clove.
Crop yields rebounded from the previous year as there was minimal frost damage in April. The summer was cool, extending the growing season right into verasion. Acidity levels were slightly higher than normal but with mostly moderate temperatures we were still able to achieve physiologically mature fruit. Rain and thunderstorms did make a small appearance this year in the middle of harvest but we were able to get the Pinot Noir fruit off the vines quickly with no issues.
Vineyard Location- Bacigalupi Vineyards, Russian River Valley Appellation.
Climate- Cool mornings and warm afternoons
Soil- Rocky volcanic and sandy loam
Date: Sunrise; September 6th, 2009
Lot: 10 tons
Wente and Pommard Clone
Cases produced: 825 cases
3 tons fermented whole cluster, 7 tons crushed. 7-day cold soak, inoculated for malolactic.
We are pleased to announce the long anticipated release of our 2008 John Tyler Bacigalupi Vineyard Petite Sirah. This Petite Sirah is produced from the well recognized old Foppiano clone, first planted over a century ago by the Foppiano family. Our small and specialized planting consists of 9 acres on the Frost Ranch located in the Russian River Valley off the famed Westside Rd. This big, robust and full bodied wine brings forward intense flavors that will complement a variety of dishes. 255 cases produced.