Lot #60 ROCHIOLI VINEYARDS AND WINERY, BACIGALUPI VINEYARDS

KINDRED SOIL

Pinot Noir
  • Little Hill Vineyard 50%, Frost Ranch 50%
  • Russian River Valley

2021
10 CASES

ABOUT THE WINE:

“Kindred Soil” is a multigenerational collaboration between two pioneering families in the Russian River Valley who have been sharing winemaking knowledge with each other for decades. Tom, Ryan and Rachael Rochioli together with John, Katey and Nicole Bacigalupi share a dedication to making wines with an an unwavering commitment to the land and its soil. The Pinot Noir for “Kindred Soil” came from Little Hill and Frost Ranch, farmed separately but blended together to make this one-of-a-kind wine. For these two families, farming and winemaking are not occupations, they are a way of life.

Both the Rochioli and Bacigalupi families are descended from Italian immigrants who have worked tirelessly to make a better life for themselves and their families through farming, whether is was prunes, cherries or grapes. They are part of a larger Sonoma County farming community that is always working towards common goals and sharing new ideas. For example, in the early 1960s when growers were discovering Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, most farmers planted vines on their own root. Joe Rochioli had been attending classes and studying at UC Davis where he learned how to field bud. With this new knowledge he helped Charles and Helen Bacigalupi field bud over their very first planting of Pinot Noir in 1964.

Both Tom Rochioli and Ashely Herzberg have minimal intervention winemaking styles focusing on expressing the individual nuances of the vineyard sites. Little Hill and Frost Ranch are located in the heart of Russian River Valley. Little Hill is a newer Pommard planting, which develops beautifully in the shallow Arbuckle gravelly loam soil, yielding just 2.4 tons/acre. The Little Hill Pinot Noir was whole-berry fermented, spending 12 days on the skins before being gently pressed to French oak barrels (30% new.) The fruit here is rich and concentrated, with prominent black cherry notes supported by earthy structure. Frost Ranch is located a stone’s throw away from the Russian River and exhibits classic Pinot Noir characteristics from the Middle Reach. The Wente clone from this vineyard was aged in 40% new oak for 11 months. This clone lends all the beautiful floral notes, rose petal, and vanilla tones. The palate is bright and lifted with high-toned fruit but also brooding and earthy wet forest floor notes.

WINEMAKER(S): Tom Rochioli (Rochioli Vineyards and Winery), Ashley Herzberg (Bacigalupi Vineyards)

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: August 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: March 2023

National Distribution: AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, KS, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NV, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, Washington, DC

International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.