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Bacigalupi & Rochioli Farmers Daughters Pinot Noir 2018

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CWA

RP

WS

JS

AG

ST

W&S

JH

Price: $199.00

 
Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

Available: January 2020

Porthos attended the Sonoma County Barrel Auction with our founder Hal Oates. After walking through and tasting many of the 85 different lots, we had our sights set on this blockbuster. This Pinot was by far and away the best wine we tasted pre-auction, and after a heated bidding war, we won the lot just for our Porthos VIPs!

Background
Two legendary vineyard sites. Two renowned winemaking families. But there’s more to this one-of-a-kind story. A third generation has joined the family business: the daughters of Tom Rochioli and John Bacigalupi. Rachael Rochioli grew up just down the road from Nicole and Katey Bacigalupi, in neighboring vineyards along rural Westside Road. These “Farmers’ Daughters” continue their friendship today, each now playing an integral role at their families’ iconic Sonoma County wineries.

The families selected Bacigalupi’s Frost Ranch and Rochioli’s Little Hill Vineyard to craft this never before, never again Pinot Noir lot. A stone’s throw from the Russian River, Frost Ranch is bathed in fog each morning, which slowly recedes to reveal the afternoon sun. The block’s Pommard clone fruit is a consistent favorite, offering up gorgeous fruit and floral components and lovely earthy undertones. Little Hill Vineyard rises above Rochioli’s West Block. A newer Pommard planting, this clone develops beautifully in the shallow Arbuckle gravelly loam soil, yielding just 2.2 tons/acre. The fruit here is rich and concentrated, with prominent black cherry notes supported by earthy structure.

Each barrel was crafted individually, with the winemakers taking a traditional “hands off” approach. The Little Hill Pinot Noir was whole-berry fermented, spending 12 days on the skins before being gently pressed to French oak barrels (30% new). The Frost Ranch lot was fermented with indigenous yeast from the vineyard and then put to barrel in 40% new French Oak. When these wines come together for blending and bottling, the result is a fruit-driven Pinot Noir with pervasive floral notes, a rich, full palate and delicate structure on a long finish.
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Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

Available: January 2020

Porthos attended the Sonoma County Barrel Auction with our founder Hal Oates. After walking through and tasting many of the 85 different lots, we had our sights set on this blockbuster. This Pinot was by far and away the best wine we tasted pre-auction, and after a heated bidding war, we won the lot just for our Porthos VIPs!

Background
Two legendary vineyard sites. Two renowned winemaking families. But there’s more to this one-of-a-kind story. A third generation has joined the family business: the daughters of Tom Rochioli and John Bacigalupi. Rachael Rochioli grew up just down the road from Nicole and Katey Bacigalupi, in neighboring vineyards along rural Westside Road. These “Farmers’ Daughters” continue their friendship today, each now playing an integral role at their families’ iconic Sonoma County wineries.

The families selected Bacigalupi’s Frost Ranch and Rochioli’s Little Hill Vineyard to craft this never before, never again Pinot Noir lot. A stone’s throw from the Russian River, Frost Ranch is bathed in fog each morning, which slowly recedes to reveal the afternoon sun. The block’s Pommard clone fruit is a consistent favorite, offering up gorgeous fruit and floral components and lovely earthy undertones. Little Hill Vineyard rises above Rochioli’s West Block. A newer Pommard planting, this clone develops beautifully in the shallow Arbuckle gravelly loam soil, yielding just 2.2 tons/acre. The fruit here is rich and concentrated, with prominent black cherry notes supported by earthy structure.

Each barrel was crafted individually, with the winemakers taking a traditional “hands off” approach. The Little Hill Pinot Noir was whole-berry fermented, spending 12 days on the skins before being gently pressed to French oak barrels (30% new). The Frost Ranch lot was fermented with indigenous yeast from the vineyard and then put to barrel in 40% new French Oak. When these wines come together for blending and bottling, the result is a fruit-driven Pinot Noir with pervasive floral notes, a rich, full palate and delicate structure on a long finish.



Ratings Sources

RP - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WS - Wine Spectator
CWA - California Wine Advisors
JS - James Suckling
IWR - International Wine Review

Winery Bacigalupi & Rochioli Vineyards

Vineyard Designate

AVA Russian River Valley

Region Sonoma County