92 pts. – Wine Enthusiast – “Creamy and lushly full bodied, this wine is complemented by a gritty texture of mineral and crushed rock, the whole integrated and well structured. Bold ripe flavors of pear are met by baking spice and toasted oak that linger with abandon on the finish.”
Entrepreneur Wines’ 2016Chardonnay hails from theBacigalupi Vineyards on the west side of the Russian River. Located just south of Healdsburg and northwest of Windsor, these vineyards were made famous in 1976 by Mike Grgich when he was Winemaker at Chateau Montelena. The fruit for the prized Chardonnay was harvested from the Bacigalupi Vineyards. The resulting wine won the White Wine Competition at the Judgment of Paris in 1976. (The competition that turned the world of wine upside down. Check out the Alan Rickman movie, “Bottle Shock.”). That vineyard is still producing world class wines, and our vines are more than 60 years old.
With its light yellow straw hue and inviting approach, the 2016 Entrepreneur Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay belies deep roots and surprising complexity. But, not so surprising considering the vineyard: the Bacigalupi family has been growing world-class Chardonnay in the Russian River Valley for three generations. Identified by its etherial perfume of light honey, dried stone fruit, barrel vanillin, and a touch of toffee, this vintage stands with the rest. Gentle and coating on the palate, with a tropical twist of citrus swirling at the finish.