Located on the northern section of Westside Road, the Bacigalupi Vineyard enjoys a warm microclimate in a cool growing region. The pure nose of red, blue, and black […]Read More
|Barrel Description||25% new, 6% 1 yr., 13% 2 yr., 56% 3 yr.|
|Barrel Aged||15 months|
Located on the northern section of Westside Road, the Bacigalupi Vineyard enjoys a warm microclimate in a cool growing region. The pure nose of red, blue, and black fruits jumps out of the glass and immediately captures your attention. More subtle notes of tangerine peel studded with cloves add a layer that keeps you looking for more. The flavors lead with hints of blackberry and blueberry and transition to notes of pomegranate. Lively acidity freshens up the palate and carries the finish to a wonderful earthy, minerally conclusion. This is a beautifully proportioned wine.
The 2016 vintage was an excellent growing season, and started out as the previous four vintages; with a warm and dry winter. Above average temperatures and modest rainfall in the winter months brought a normal bud break in all growing regions. The main difference in 2016 was cooler temperatures in late February, and increasing rain totals in March that helped slow down vegetative growth. The net result was a slightly longer vegetative cycle, a slower grape maturation cycle, and therefore a later harvest compared to 2015. These events allowed for perfect maturation of the grape tannins and flavor development. Flowering happened under normal conditions with a slight cooling trend in May, which ultimately prevented blockbuster yields. Temperatures after fruit set were normal, but as veraison approached there were a few heat spikes that jumpstarted the ripening process. Harvest started with pleasant weather on August 10 in the Middle Reach Neighborhood vineyards (Westside Road). Weather in late August cooled, and by early September temperatures warmed up and dry conditions prevailed. The result was our core harvest was completed under ideal conditions by end of September. Overall, the wines from the 2016 vintage exhibit wonderfully polished tannins due to long and slow grape maturation on the vine.
Reviews & Scores
From a site known as famously for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this red is big in flavor and power, with a robust body of baked cherry, rhubarb compote and clove. Rounded oak supports without distraction as jolts of acidity add tension and vibrancy. —V.B.