Bacigalupi Vineyards | 2016 Goddard Ranch Pinot Noir

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Winemaker Notes
2016 was an idyllic harvest. We had much more rainfall here in Sonoma County than we had in the previous vintages, which led to a great growing season and a nice crop. Flavors were still high and crops were higher than last year but not too heavy.

Production Notes
We harvested the grapes for our Pinot Noir in the middle of the night in late August. The ice cold grapes were hand sorted in the vineyard then destemmed and left whole berry to go into the tank.  The must was gently hand punched down once per day for each of its five days of cold soak and then gently warmed up so a wild fermentation could start.  During the peak of fermentation, the must was hand punched down up to three times per day.  The finished wine was drained off the skins directly to barrel after 11 days of cold soak and fermentation.  The lees were stirred in the barrels every week during malolactic fermentation, and every other week post-malolactic fermentation.   This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Notes
Dark, brooding fruit notes of blackberry, black cherry, and cassis mix with baking spices and a hint of vanillin on the nose. The palate is rich and juicy with bold, fruit-forward flavors and silky tannins. The finish has a bright acidity and the fruit characters continue to linger long after each sip.

TECH NOTES

Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 90
Aging: 11 months in barrel
Cooperage: 40% New French oak
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest TA: 16.1
Harvest pH: 3.63
Harvest Date: August 28, 2016
Brix at Harvest: 24.1
Varietal Composition: 100% Wente Clone Pinot Noir

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