Bacigalupi Vineyards | 2015 Zinfandel

Winemaker notes
Another drought year resulted in a smaller than average crop with tiny clusters. We had very little rainfall over the winter and spring and a warm summer.  Harvest came very early.  Crop size was very small due to the lack of water in the vineyards, but quality was outstanding.  Despite an auspicious start and a dramatic finish to the season, the 2015 wines may surpass some of the great recent vintages as they are bold and yet maintain their trueness to site.

Production notes
We harvested the grapes for our Zinfandel in the middle of the night in early October. The grapes were hand sorted in the vineyard, then destemmed and 50% crushed and put into tank for a 4 day cold soak. The must was punched down by hand once per day during the cold soak, then twice per day during fermentation. The finished wine was drained off the skins, and the skins were gently pressed at very low pressures. The wine was racked twice in its lifetime, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting notes
The aromas are instantly intriguing with notes of crushed cranberries, blackberry cobbler and fragrant lavender. Beneath the fruit are delicate notes of allspice and vanilla mingled with a soft sandalwood undertone. The palate showcases incredibly integrated tannins with judicious acidity throughout the finish.  This cool climate Zinfandel is at its best and can be enjoyed now, but will benefit from a few years of cellaring.



Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 238
Aging: 18 months in barrel
Cooperage: neutral French Oak
Alcohol: 14.9% by volume
Varietal Composition: 100% Zinfandel
Fall 2017 release