Rated 93+ points by Robert Parker
The 2013 Petite Sirah (148 cases) looks like pen ink, as it is black/purple in color. Super-rich and extracted, full-bodied, with great purity of fruit, density and ripeness, this stunner is capable of lasting 25-30 or more years, although there is a certain approachability in this wine that’s unusual for a youthful Petite Sirah. Kudos to Bacigalupi Vineyards.
2013 was a great year for growing Petite Sirah in the Russian River Valley. The year started out with a dry winter, but high spring rains added to the water table just in time. The summer was hot, but even without any major heat spikes. Harvest came a bit early (or closer to normal) than the previous years.
Walking the vineyards with Louis Sr. Foppiano, Charles Bacigalupi hand selected the vines grafted for this vineyard planting. The Russian River Valley continuously produces Petite Sirah’s that are more delicate and softer than other regions and this wine is no exception. This wine has a deep purple color with big, dark fruit flavors of blackberry, black cherry and hints of cola and spice on the nose. The palate is fruity and rich, with enormous silky tannins. Though this wine is big and bold, it is tasting great now date and has exceptional age ability. Drink now through 2025
10 cases remaining
Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 148 cases
Aging: 19 months in neutral oak barrels
Cooperage: Francois Freres
Alcohol: 14.9% by volume
Harvest TA: 5.9 g/L
Harvest pH: 3.55
Harvest Date: October 7th 2013
Brix at Harvest: 25.1
Varietal Composition: 100% Petite Sirah