"Stellina", the Italian word for little star, is the namesake for John and Pam’s oldest grandchild, Stella. As the fourth generation of the Bacigalupi Family starts, we wanted to create a special wine to mark the beginning of this new lineage.
Within the original block of Chardonnay that went on to win the coveted 1976 Paris Tasting, there are a few vines of Muscat. When the vineyard was first planted in 1964 some Muscat vines were mistakenly planted amongst the Chardonnay. This occurrence was common in those days and is today referred to as a field blend where, most often, all the vines are harvested together.
In 2011 John made plans to replant a block of Chardonnay on the Frost Ranch. He wanted it to be identical to the Paris Tasting block, including the inter-plantings of Muscat. He grafted from the original vines and planted the vineyard in the spring. We look forward to sharing this very special wine with you!
Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 15 cases 375 ml
Cooperage: Neutral french oak barrels
Harvest Date: October 25th 2014
Brix at Harvest: 32
Varietal Composition: Muscat