Bacigalupi Vineyards | 2014 Brillante

Brillante, Italian for “brilliant” is Pam’s dedication to her father, Paul Robert Heck and the impact that he had on the champagne industry in Sonoma County. It pays respects to his inspiration, dynamism and positive nature as well as the wines radiant and scintillating appearance and experience it presents in the glass.

Production notes
We harvested the grapes for our sparkling wine in the middle of the night in August. The ice cold grapes were hand sorted in the vineyard then whole cluster pressed to a stainless steel tank in the winery. The juice fermented for 23 days at 55 degrees to produce delicate, nuanced flavors. After that, the wine went to bottle with a little bit of yeast and tirage liquor and left to go through secondary fermentation for three years. The time on lees gave this wine its delicate complexity. After three years, we disgorged and added 0.75% dosage.

Tasting Notes
This beautiful sparkling wine is a star from very first glance. It has a delicate blush color from the Pinot Noir grapes. Aromas of strawberry and brioche abound on the nose. The bubbles are delicate and fine. On the palate, the flavors are fruit driven with creamy texture and a lingering, balanced finish.


Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 135
Aging: 3 years
Brix at Harvest: 19.9
Varietal Composition: 50% Wente Clone Chardonnay|50% Wente Clone Pinot Noir