2019 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay | MacRostie Winery
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2019 Bacigalupi Vineyard

Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
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About this Wine

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.

Only 7 Barrels Made

91 Points

"This vineyard on Westside Road offers fruit with enough freshness to balance and integrate into a smooth, lush and buttery style of chardonnay. Oak and alcohol are both present in the spicy end, but the main focus is on rich fruit flavors of peach skin, lemon verbena and red delicious apples. For scallops in brown butter."
Josh Greene
Wine & Spirits, October 2021
Tasting Notes
Tasting Notes
Accolades
Accolades
Winemaking
Winemaking
Vintage
Vintage
Vineyard
Vineyard
Tech. Notes
Tech. Notes
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Tasting Notes

This Chardonnay has a brilliant medium yellow color, with enticing white floral, tropical fruit, and citrus aromas. On the soft, rich palate, lush silky layers of green apple, lime pith, mango, and honeysuckle mingle with hints of toasty oak spice. The acid-fruit balance of this Chardonnay makes it perfectly delicious on its own or paired with your favorite washed rind cheese (may we suggest Époisses).

Accolades
  • 91 Points: Josh Greene Wine & Spirits
  • "This vineyard on Westside Road offers fruit with enough freshness to balance and integrate into a smooth, lush and buttery style of chardonnay. Oak and alcohol are both present in the spicy end, but the main focus is on rich fruit flavors of peach skin, lemon verbena and red delicious apples. For scallops in brown butter."

  • 90 Points: Jeb Dunnuck jebdunnuck.com
  • “The 2019 Chardonnay Bacigalupi Vineyard is another Chardonnay here that has a kiss of matchstick and good reduction. Showing more pear, peach, and lemon curd as well as sappy green herb notes with time in the glass, it's medium-bodied, has good overall freshness and purity, and a clean, solid finish. It's a very good Chardonnay, if not outstanding, and should have 3-4 years of prime drinking.”

Winemaking

In 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 was aged on the lees for 10 months in 29% new French oak barrels, and 29% 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 20, 2020.

Vintage

2019 brought a moderately cool growing season. Our prized block of BacigalupiChardonnayis quite unique, with a mix of younger vines, along with thick, gnarly trunked decades-old vines. The vineyard was propagated with heritage budwood selections, which provide a natural diversity of flavors from vine to vine. As harvest drew near, the weather turned warm providing a final push to ripeness. We harvested our Bacigalupi Chardonnay on September 19, 2019.

Vineyard

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.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Chardonnay

  • alcohol: 13.7%
  • cases made:

    7 Barrels
    161 Cases

  • bottling date: 08/20/2020
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months sur lie in French oak, 29% new, 29% once-used.

  • fermentation:

    Whole cluster pressed then cold settled for 48 hours, then racked into French oak for primary and malolactic fermentation

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