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2018 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay
Varietal
Chardonnay

Vintage
2018
Bacigalupi Vineyard

Appellation
Russian River Valley

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SKU: 09530.18
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Long famous as one of the key growers for the Chardonnay that won the famed 1976 Judgement of Paris Tasting, the Bacigalupi family are winegrowing icons in the Russian River Valley. This Chardonnay comes from a property that neighbors our MacRostie Estate House on Westside Road—the acclaimed Bacigalupi Frost Ranch.   

  • Tasting Notes
    This enticing Chardonnay has a brilliant pale-yellow color, with enticing gardenia and cantaloupe aromas. On the soft, rich palate, lush layers of fruit and flowers mingle hints of yeasty brioche, making this the perfect Chardonnay to pair with soft cheeses
  • Accolades
    91 points from Jeb Dunnuck | “Last of the Chardonnay, the 2018 Chardonnay Bacigalupi comes from a site on the Russian River Valley and was raised in 22% new French oak. White currants, apple blossom, spice box, and honeyed toast characteristics give way to a soft, juicy, balanced beauty that has good acidity and a clean, elegant style ideal for drinking over the coming 4-5 years.”
  • Wine Origin
    Long famous as one of the key growers for the Chardonnay that won the famed 1976 Judgement of Paris Tasting, the Bacigalupi family are winegrowing icons in the Russian River Valley. This Chardonnay comes from a property that neighbors our MacRostie Estate House on WestsideRoad—the acclaimed Bacigalupi Frost Ranch.
  • Production Notes
    The 2018 growing seasonbegan with warm winter weather, before things turned cool and rainy in February, which prevented an early budbreak. While the rains continued, things warmed up again in March, providing ideal nutrients and growing conditions for the vines. From June onwards the weather was lovely and temperate, with sunny days and cool nights ensuring excellent flavor development and acid retention in the grapes. As harvest drew near, the weather turned warm providing a final push to ripeness. Our prized block of Bacigalupi Chardonnay is quite unique, with a mix of younger vines, along with thick, gnarly trunked decades-old ones. The vineyard was propagated with heritage budwood selections, which provide a natural diversity of flavors from vine to vine. We harvested our Bacigalupi Chardonnay on September 19th, 2018.
  • Winemaker Notes
    n order to maximize quality, the harvested grapes went directly to press as whole clusters, and were gently pressed. This provides a distinct mouthfeel texture. After settling, the juice was racked into French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine spent its entire life in barrel, where it completed primary and secondary malolactic fermentations. It wasaged on the lees for 10 months in 22% new French oak barrels, and 22% once-filled French oak barrels to complete elevage. In order to increase richness and body, it was occasionally stirred to suspend the lees and soften the texture. It was bottled on August 7th, 2019.