When it comes to California Chardonnay, few vineyards are more respected by winemakers than the Bacigalupi Vineyard of the Russian River Valley. While the family has been growing grapes in Sonoma since 1956, the Bacigalupi name rose to prominence after the vineyard supplied the majority of the grapes that went into Mike Grgich’s epic 1973 Chardonnay that won the famous Paris tasting of 1976. Peter Paul sources fruit from the Bloom Block. This 80 acre parcel, originally planted as a walnut orchard in the early 1960s, is now solely planted to Chardonnay and is situated in close proximity to the Russian River providing an optimum growing environment.
Bursting, exotic, hedonistic aromatics and flavors marry perfectly with our barrel program elevating all components rather than being overwhelming by oak. The concentrated, creamy mouthfeel is balanced by notable acidity and a distinctly stony/mineral nuance on the finish, which seems to be a consistent calling card of this vineyard. If there is magic in terroir, Bacigalupi has it. Vintage to vintage, Bacigalupi continues to express its pedigree as one of California’s finest Chardonnay sites.