Just over the border of the Dry Creek Appellation into the heartlands of the Russian River Valley a gem of a brand-new, custom built, family-run tasting room has been over 60 years in the making.
Take an excursion along the spectacular twists and turns of Westside Road and you will be amongst the first wine aficionados to set foot through the wide, double doors of a celebration in the making.
For the Bacigalupi family, farming these rolling, cool climate estate vineyards for the past six decades has been second nature. With a wealth of history a new and distinctive premium, small-lot wine label has been created as a realization of a long held dream. Sourcing fruit to some of the most well known, cult wineries throughout Napa and Sonoma counties gave the family a foundation to begin branching out on their own.
A charming wine country farm cottage-style tasting room now welcomes visitors to the ranch to experience a sampling of the family’s outstanding estate and vineyard designate wines.
“Our family first gained major recognition during the famous 1976 Paris tasting when the 1973 Napa Valley Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena with premium Bacigalupi fruit triumphed over many renowned French wines as undisputed winner,” said Katey Bacigalupi. Katey and her twin sister Nicole were raised within the wine industry and together with their mother, Pam Bacigalupi, run the tasting room and all direct sales of the brand for the past 5 years.
Alongside winemaker Ashley Herzberg, the family has offers an unfined, unfiltered style of wines, producing just under 1,500 cases annually. Moderate temperatures through harvest in the Russian River appellation, bordering Dry Creek allow for the development of deep, rich flavors and color in a typically lush, likeable Zin, brimming with wild berry, leather, tobacco and pepper spice flavors and firm, dry tannins. Soils with a rocky, volcanic, sandy loam produce bright fruit for Pinot Noir balanced by minerality and intriguing earth tones.
The highlight of a visit to this family owned and run operation is the unlocking of the family secrets in tasting the meeting of minds of deep-rooted tradition and the winemaker’s boutique mastery.
4353 Westside Road Healdsburg, CA 95448 United States