Bright, dusty leather and raspberry cola highlight this lovely vineyard-designate, which shows cool-climate aromatics and retention of acidity. In balance, it's both fruity and weighty, with varietal highlights of pepper and garrigue.
Baldassari Wines was formed as a business partnership in 2003 between Matt Michael, winemaker, and Dom Michael, his dad. Matt and Dom have a family history of Italian immigrant grandparents/great grandparents that were artisan wine makers, and they brought that tradition from Italy to America when they emigrated. Thus, when Matt graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Fermentation Sciences to pursue a career as a winemaker, Matt and Dom also decided they wanted to form a small wine business that would honor the traditions of the artisanal wine maker that was a part of their family history and custom.
The name Baldassari Wines comes from Matt’s maternal grandfather, Vincenzo “Jimmy” Baldassari. Vincenzo, traveled to the US as an immigrant at the age of 11 with just a travel companion, where his family had relatives living in metro Chicago. Jimmy, as he was known to his family and friends, became a successful plumbing contractor in Franklin Park, IL (suburban NW Chicago), who never forgot his family roots in Italy. His passion in life was making homemade wine from grapes he bought annually from California, which he shared with his family and friends. It was through his grandfather that Matt received his first introduction to wine and winemaking, and when Matt and Dom started Baldassari Wines, Matt wanted to honor his grandfather’s legacy.
From the beginning of their partnership they have sought to produce high quality, exceptional value wines in small lots, from some of California’s unique and noteworthy Appellations. Matt has secured and nurtured relationships with growers that have allowed Baldassari Wines to offer extraordinary consistency in their wines from year-to-year, yet be true to his philosophy as a winemaker in working with “Mother Nature” to adapt to each year’s wine vintage, and the unique signature that each vintage affords a winemaker. Thus, their very simply stated philosophy…” Small lot wines that are exceptional in value and quality, and provide for a unique wine drinking experience”.
With boundaries overlapping the Sonoma Coast AVA and Sonoma Mountain AVA, Bennett Valley benefits from the cooling effects of the nearby Pacific Ocean just like its neighbors. Top grapes planted include Barbera, Pinot noir and Chardonnay, as well as Bordeaux and Rhone varieties.
Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Blends of Southern Rhône, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”
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