Bacigalupi Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA; 14.6% ABV
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store on about 12 October
This was a in a group of four Macrae Family wines we received in one shipment. The others were the 2012 “Hidden Ridge” Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ($20), 2013 Bacigalupi Vineyard Petite Sirah ($10), and 2010 (I think) Cole Ranch Riesling ($7). DavidLikesWine gave a positive review to the Petite Sirah here. I thought the Cabernet was a pretty good wine for the price, but that it should really just be laid down to age for several years, at least, as it’s really not showing that much right now. This Chardonnay, however, I found disappointing.
My first impression was that the nose was rather subdued, making me search for some pear, yellow and green apple, lemon, vanilla. There was more this on the delicate palate, but more lemony, and slightly creamy, with good acid on the finish. I was left with the feeling that, while the wine wasn’t showing that much on the first night, it seemed very elegant and well made, so it might be more lively and interesting on the second day.
However, the next day, when I had hoped that more intensity and complexity might emerge, the wine was still a bit dull: green grape / pear / melon, maybe lime, with some solid yellow apple and gentle oak supporting. It was really only okay for the price, at least at the GO. Overall, I was quite underwhelmed given my high expectations. What am I missing?