Bacigalupi Vineyards | 2015 Petite Sirah

Winemaker Notes
2015 was a very dry year here in Sonoma County. Because the water levels were so low, the crop was very small, with tiny clusters and concentrated flavors.

Production Notes
We harvested the grapes for our Petite Sirah in the early morning hours in mid-September. The grapes were hand sorted in the vineyard, then destemmed and left whole berry 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, to allow for gentle tannin extraction. 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 gorgeous dark purple hue leads to fragrances of blackberry preserve, thyme and fresh cut wood. The palate is met with solid structure that cradles luscious and succulent dark tone fruit flavors. Slightly chewy tannins and firm framework yield to the opulent flavors as they envelope the palate on the finish. Drink now or cellar for 5-10 years.


Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 336
Aging: 22 months in barrel
Cooperage: 25% new French oak and 75% used French oak
Alcohol: 14.7
Harvest TA: 5.8 g/L
Harvest pH: 3.70
Harvest Date: September 24th, 2016
Brix at Harvest: 25.5
Varietal Composition: 100% Petite Sirah