In 1956, a San Francisco dentist and his wife purchased 121 acres on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley (16 acres under vine). In 1964 he added Pinot Noir (apparently the first Pinot Noir planted in the Russian River Valley) and Chardonnay. The Chardonnay turned heads, as the 1973 Chateau Montelena which won the infamous 1976 Paris Tasting was partially (60%) sourced from this vineyard. The entire family works and manages the day-to-day.
Bacigalupi 2019 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
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Notes of pineapple, honeyed lemon, toasted bread, and just a touch of nuttiness emerge from the 2019 Chardonnay Bacigalupi, a richer, textured, yet still balanced, lively Chardonnay. It has classic Russian River style as well as good freshness and purity.
Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2019 Chardonnay has a pretty perfume of salted almonds, white peach, hay and beeswax with yeasty touches. The medium-bodied palate is rounded and creamy with ripe flavors and uplifting freshness. It ends with yeasty tones on the finish.”
Winemaker Notes: “Our 2019 Chardonnay is just beautiful. Full, lush fruit, stone fruit blossoms, jasmine flowers and hints of toasted almonds fill the nose. The palate is rich with bright peach nectar, lemon meringue, pie crust and more floral tones that lead into a great acidity at the finish. This is a vintage that is so delicious now but I do think it will get even better with a little time in bottle.”
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