City Winery Reserve Pinot Noir Cuvee Bacigalupi 2019

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Tasting Notes
Fruit Compote, Tarragon, Welterweight

Wine Profile

Gold Winner (94 Points) International Women's Wine Competition 2020 and Silver Medal Winner at the Great American International Wine Competition 2022. Opening with a classic Pinot nose, this wine has a lot going on aromatically. Notes of ripe cherry, fresh red plums and dried strawberries are joined by a delicate lace of herbes de Provence, forest floor and porcini mushrooms. Mouth-coating and round, the tannins are very refined and supple. In the mouth, we find notes of fruit compote and vanilla, with hints of tarragon. The wine finishes with a burst of bright cherry.

We can ship to all states except AL, AR, KY, MI, MS, SD, UT.

About the Vineyard

Situated on a gentle southeast-facing slope that has been owned by Helen and Charles Bacigalupi since 1948. This is a benchmark vineyard in Sonoma County and the Russian River producing some of the best Pinot Noir in California. The terrain ranges from gentle rolling hills to extreme hillsides.

Wine Making Process

Harvested in mid-October at peak ripeness, the grapes were put into an open top fermenter 70% destemmed and 30% whole cluster. After a 3-day cold soak, the wine completed an 11-day fermentation with 2 punch downs daily. Aged in French oak (80% neutral barrels, 20% 2-year-old barrels) for 18 months, this wine is unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulfites added just before bottling.

Recommended Pairings

This wine will pair best with lighter dishes such as grilled vegetables, Greek salad with cucumbers and dill, herbed goat cheese with honey and dried apricots, or pheasant pate. For those looking for a more substantial meal, try thai chili mahi mahi or honey-sriracha chicken wings.


"Notes of ripe cherry and fresh red plums"

David, Head Winemaker

Variety Pinot Noir
Alcohol 14.4%
Vintage 2019
Volume 750 ML
Case Production N/A
Aging Capacity N/A

How City Winery Makes Wine

Step 1
We contract carefully selected vineyards to supply grapes. Prior to harvest we choose our preferred varietals and make shipping arrangements.
Step 2
Crush and Maceration
Grapes are inspected upon arrival and if approved, de stemmed, sorted, and finally crushed.
Step 3
After fermentation the wine is barreled into the cellar to begin aging per the winemakers design. Typical aging is 6-10 months but options exist for aging up to 24 months.
Step 4
After the wine has aged to its optimal condition, our winemakers further refine the wine by blending it with other wines if desired.
Step 6
The finished wine is hand bottled, corked, and labeled.
Step 6
The Result
A carefully crafted wine made with grapes from the best vineyards and produced locally. Indulge.

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