Lucie Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 - 750ml

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Wine Enthusiast, October 2016
Rating: 93
Soft, juicy acidity and texture buoy this wine in wonderful ways, providing a lithe foundation to punches of sassafras and truffled earth. Sourced from the famous vineyard on Westside Road in the northern reaches of the appellation, it shows off a flair of pine along with dark cherry.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 28, 2016
Rating: 91
Slightly more interesting is the 2014 Lucie Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch, which is from a dry-farmed sector planted with the Martini clone of Pinot Noir, and totally destemmed. However, proprietor Claus Janzen utilized about 40% new oak in the upbringing of this medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir with notes of Asian spices, black cherries and pomegranate. It is round, juicy, ripe and best drunk over the next 4-5 years.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 2016
Rating: 91
This slowly builds, gaining depth and richness, with an elegant, strawberry-scented beginning leading to ripe plum and cherry flavors supported by firm, fine-grained tannins. Good length. Drink now.

Winery Notes:

The Bacigalupi family’s estate vineyard site is in the Russian River AVA. Planted on alluvial soils close to the river, this vineyard ripens fairly quickly and offers us a great window of peak conditions in which to pick these grapes. 2014 yielded another exceptional vintage for Pinot Noir from this vineyard site. 

In the glass this wine has a violet hue with a clear rim. Wild strawberry and complex spice tones are prevalent in the nose. The mouthfeel is mellow upon entry showing cranberry and currant flavors that end with a burst of acid and some forest floor notes. This very limited production wine from one of Russian River best known Growers has received great acclaim from critics and consumers alike.