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If 2012 was thought to be the perfect vintage, then 2013 really blew our minds. 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.
This wine is a blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. The grapes for this wine were picked separately and hand sorted in the vineyard and again in the winery. The wines remained separate for 23 months and were blended just before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Fondare, Italian for founder is a tribute wine to the late Charles Bacigalupi. Charles was a pioneer in his time and we produce this wine in his honor.
One whiff and you can be certain that these two varietals were meant to be together. On the nose, Zinfandel leads with boysenberry pie and dark cherry notes. The front palate is the first time that you get the hit of black fruit notes from the Petite Sirah, along with spice, earth, texture and structure. The Petite Sirah lends a backbone to the wine and brings some deeper tannins. This wine is incredibly delicious now, but will age well for 5-7 years, at least.
Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 89 cases
Aging: 23 months in barrel
Cooperage: 100% neutral French oak
Harvest TA: 5.1 g/L and 5.9 g/L
Harvest pH: 3.70 and 3.60
Harvest Date: September 20, 2013 and October 6, 2013
Brix at Harvest: 25.0 and 27.5
Varietal Composition: 50% Zinfandel and 50% Petite Sirah