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John Tyler Wines- Confessions in Wine Country


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With deep roots in Sonoma County the Bacigalupi and Heck Families have come together to create premium single vineyard wines from Bacigalupi Vineyards. Experiance a true family owned and operated winery with three generations involved in the business.

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John Tyler Wines- Confessions in Wine Country

  1. 1. Continuing the heritage of two world class wine and grape growing families in Sonoma County. Bacigalupi Vineyards
  2. 2. The namesakes <ul><li>John Tyler Wines specializes in small production wines from the esteemed Bacigalupi Vineyards in the Russian River Valley. </li></ul><ul><li>The first names of John Bacigalupi and Tyler Heck were joined to create this label. </li></ul><ul><li>Both the Bacigalupi and Heck families have contributed to the advancement of the California wine industry, helping it to become a leader in fine wine production. </li></ul><ul><li>John Tyler Wines is the end result of the John Bacigalupi’s fruit and Tyler Heck’s passion for winemaking. </li></ul><ul><li>With now 3 generations involved we hope to continue both of these families’ great legacies by producing unforgettable small lot wines under the John Tyler label. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Family History- How it all began <ul><li>Over 50 years ago Charles Bacigalupi, John’s father, and Paul Heck, Tyler’s grandfather, met and formed a friendship. </li></ul><ul><li>Purchasing Korbel Champagne Cellars in Guerneville in 1953, Paul and his brother Adolf L. Heck Jr. began the renovation and expansion of the modest facility. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Russian River Pinot Noir <ul><li>In 1956, Charles and Helen Bacigalupi purchased 121 acres on Westside Road, a few miles south of town. </li></ul><ul><li>Envisioning the demand for premium wine grapes, Paul encouraged Charles to plant chardonnay and pinot noir and in 1964, Charles began his plantings with six acres of each varietal. </li></ul><ul><li>Today the family farms 4 parcels, supplying grapes for some of the regions most prestigious wineries, and now the John Tyler label </li></ul>First harvest in 1956 Russian River Valley
  5. 5. The Bacigalupi Family <ul><li>Bacigalupi Vineyards established in 1956 by Charles and Helen Bacigalupi was the source for the Chardonnay used by Chateau Montelena to wine the historic “Judgment of Paris” tasting in 1976. </li></ul><ul><li>The vineyard has a total of 175 acres planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah . </li></ul>Original weigh tag from 1973
  6. 6. The Vintner John Bacigalupi <ul><li>More than thirty years of vineyard management experience </li></ul><ul><li>Intimate knowledge of each vineyard's microclimate and soil structure </li></ul><ul><li>Deep understanding of the vineyards, weather patterns and many other subtle factors resulting in the ultra premium grapes of the Bacigalupi Vineyards . </li></ul><ul><li>“ John is an absolute perfectionist, with a contagious </li></ul><ul><li>desire to bring forth the finest fruit that he can.&quot; </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Winemaker Tyler Heck <ul><li>Studied enology, viticulture and agricultural business at both Fresno State and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. He graduated from Cal Poly with a BS. </li></ul><ul><li>Worked in the wine and viticulture industries in the Australia and </li></ul><ul><li>several well known wineries </li></ul><ul><li>in Sonoma County including </li></ul><ul><li>Dry Creek Vineyard and Iron Horse. </li></ul><ul><li>California experience includes Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, the Pacific Northwest, and Europe. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tyler Heck is a meticulous winemaker who </li></ul><ul><li>combines youthful enthusiasm with real world </li></ul><ul><li>experience in California and Australian wineries.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Winemaker Notes <ul><li>At all times and every aspect of the winemaking process is under the direction of Tyler Heck </li></ul><ul><li>All the decisions and work pertaining to the productions of this vintage were made by him </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sustainability Practices <ul><li>With a dedication to producing the finest wine possible comes also the commitment to preserving the environment. Consistently striving to improve farming practices, I have tried to emphasize environmental soundness, sustainability, and efficiency, all without compromising quality.&quot; ~ John Bacigalupi </li></ul><ul><li>Some examples of our sustainability practices </li></ul><ul><li>Every vineyard is planted with winter cover crops intended to hold precious soils in place while decreasing the risk of erosion on hillside terrain and adding essential nutrients back to the soil all while providing a habitat for beneficial insects. </li></ul><ul><li>Precise canopy management including leaf, shoot and cluster removal. This increases air movement through the canopy and better light penetration, drastically reducing the amount of fungicides needed. </li></ul><ul><li>Pesticide usage is reduced naturally with the introduction of predator habitats (i.e. owl and bat boxes, bird houses.) Also, native and seeded cover crops help reduce dust thus naturally reducing mite populations. </li></ul><ul><li>100% of our water use is reclaimed from rainfall. Water is gathered and stored in our two reservoirs, not used from any municipal source. </li></ul><ul><li>All pomace (grapeskins) are composted and are used the following year as soil amendments </li></ul><ul><li>We use recycled material for all bottles, boxes and shipping materials. ~Our cellar temperatures are maintained naturally, decreasing our electricity use. </li></ul><ul><li>All possible winery waste is recycled including glass, paper, cardboard and office equipment. </li></ul>Owl Box Reservoir
  10. 10. Wines <ul><li>Our limited offering of library wines has been designed to exemplify Tyler Heck's unique winemaking style. Our extended ageing process in both barrel and bottle has created Pinot Noir and Zinfandel wines that will grow more supple and luxurious over time. </li></ul><ul><li>Current Vertical Offerings: </li></ul><ul><li>2002-2005 John Tyler Pinot Noir Vertical </li></ul><ul><li>Bacigalupi Vineyards Russian River Valley </li></ul><ul><li>2003-2005 John Tyler Zinfandel Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Bacigalupi Vineyards Russian River Valley </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coming soon: 2008 John Tyler Petite Sirah </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Thank you