VINEYARD:In 1956, Helen and Charles Bacigalupi purchased 121 acres of prime vineyard land along Westside Road in the heart of Russian River Valley. And, in 1964, they were among the first in the area to plant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Bacigalupi family grapes garnered fame in 1976 when they were used to make Chateau Montelena’s winning entry in that year’s Paris Tasting. Our Pinot Noir grapes for the 2016 release came from one of the newer vineyards called Frost Ranch, located just across the road from the original plantings. The ranch was purchased by the Bacigalupi family in 1993 and Block 9 is planted entirely to Wente selection Pinot Noir, which produces a classically elegant Russian River Pinot Noir.
TASTING NOTES:Elegance and finesse set the tone for this beautiful offering from the famed Bacigalupi vineyard. Fresh raspberries, dried strawberries, and rose petals combine gracefully in the glass. The wine is pretty and delicate upon entry, while carefully polished tannins coat the mid-palate and provide balanced structure. Classic Russian River Valley red fruit flavors subtly paired with savory notes and an underlying earthiness complete the package.