The grapes for this wine come from a small block of old vine zinfandel in the Russian River Valley. The Bacigalupi zinfandel vineyard is less than 2 acres of 90+ year-old head pruned vines, which naturally yield low tonnage that produces very concentrated wines.
The nose exhibits concentrated aromas of wild raspberries and strawberry preserves with dark chocolate and Malabar pepper. The unadulterated wild raspberry jam flavor fills your mouth with hints of roasted cocoa, coffee and fresh black figs. Full and concentrated tannins in the mouth finish broad, lush and maturely creamy. Low yields due to a Spring frost only concentrated this wonderful fruit.
"Glass-staining ruby. Pure, high-pitched aromas of strawberry, raspberry, fresh herbs and violet, with complicating notes of leather and sassafras. Suave, seamless and very fresh, with a peppery quality and subtle soil tones complementing the sweet red and dark berry flavors. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and excellent spicy persistence. In a rather old-school zin style, about more than just power."
International Wine Cellar
"Everything you're looking for in a Zinfandel: richness, complexity, balance and zestiness. Aromas of black raspberry, licorice and pepper lead to supple flavors of huckleberry, sage and toasty caramel. Drink now through 2014."