Vineyard Manager & Winemaker Greg Baiocchi’s passion for wine started as a consumer of excellent wines from around the globe. In 2005 he and his wife Sharon purchased property at 2500’ to develop and plant their vineyards in the Fair Play AVA of California’s Sierra Nevada foothills. Greg received his viticulture and winemaking training from the University of California, Davis extension program while performing cellar work and studying with winemakers Bradley Brown (Big Basin Vineyards) and Marco Cappelli (Swanson). He is now the Vineyard Manager and Winemaker for Baiocchi Wines and Vineyards.
Greg’s strength in winemaking lies within his commitment to the vineyard and farming which truly drives his passion and the sense of place in his wines. Wine Spectator Magazine’s James Laube included Baiocchi Wine & Vineyard’s first release, 2009 Grenache, on his list California’s 11 Standout Wines. The Baiocchi wine program consists of 2500 cases per vintage comprised of two labels; the signature Baiocchi Wines and the gb label of wines. Both deliver a complex grape to glass experience with a sense of place.
Orellana, Fair Play, California
The nose holds notes of sour cherry, herb, chocolate, raspberry and clove. The palate is firm on entry with a full-bodied core of blackberry and bright red fruit, finely structured, improving over 24 hours.
Blend: 80% Tempranillo, 20% Grenache
Barrel Regime: 24 months 100% French Oak (20% new)
Bottled unfined and unfiltered January 2015
Del Maggio, Fair Play, California
Strawberry and plum aroma lift from the ruby color with nice clarity and depth. Mid weight with rich texture and ripe fruit, the wine finishes well with nice fine tannins.
From the moment the idea took shape to produce premium, small lot wines, we have stayed focused on the land, the fruit, the wine, and the life. With that in mind, our mission is to produce fine wine, from exceptional grapes, grown in a high altitude setting. As we continue to learn about balance and harmony, and their relationship to winemaking, we consider the individual elements from which wine is derived: soil, water, fruit, and craft. From the composition of the soil, to the handling of the grapes, our wines speak to this relationship.
How does one go from skydiving to winemaking? Very carefully, my friend, very carefully. While it was not a traditional path, it was my path. My passion for making great wine was born from a passion for enjoying it – namely, with friends, after many successful skydiving and base-jumping adventures.
Learning to appreciate and enjoy fine wine led to an education in viticulture and winemaking through the U.C. Davis Extension Winemaking Program. During the same period, I gained valuable, practical experience via hands-on work at two Northern California winemaking properties: Miraflores Winery and Big Basin Vineyards, where I had the honor of being mentored by Proprietor and Winemaker, Bradley Brown.
My hope is that my friend who opened so many airplane doors for me, as well as many bottles of fine wine, finds himself someday sitting with friends, post-jump, enjoying a bottle of Baiocchi wine.
The Baiocchi Family
They say genetic traits can skip generations. I would argue that passions can as well. This was the case for my father, who grew up watching my grandfather, Maggio Baiocchi, make wine. While the smell alone was enough to dissuade my dad from following in his father’s footsteps, it was not enough to keep me from doing so. As a boy of five or six, I remember watching my grandfather in his basement, working the old equipment. The sights, sounds and smells of watching my grandfather make wine are still vividly alive for me today.
Many decades later, that long dormant seed in my soul was watered, thanks to my wife, Sharon, who opened my eyes not so much to the person I was supposed to become, but the person I came to rediscover. Now, our son Nicholas is preparing to enter the family business after completing a formal education in Wine Business Management.
We hope you enjoy Baiocchi Wines as much as we have enjoyed the long, strange and beautiful trip it has been getting here.
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Hi All! Nick from Baiocchi wines here, thanks for checking out our offer! Greg (owner, winemaker, vineyard manager, etc.) and I will be checking in to help answer any questions and hopefully get you better supplied for the holidays! Also, a couple articles for those interested:
@losthighwayz Happy to help! The Orellana was a 100 case production and the del Maggio was 150. We use all French Oak, about 20% new for these two wines. This is consistent for our portfolio - most wines are 3 - 6 barrel productions (roughly 75-150 cases) - truly handcrafted.
The 2014 Baiocchi Del Maggio was ratted at the recent Socal #51 meetup.
It opened up a little hot but settled down a bit. Good fruit, nice acidity, medium weight. I liked it quite a bit, somewhere in between the the typical grenache or syrah, a nice counter point to the heavier syrah’s lined up that night.
Hopefully someone else took better notes. It’s tough taking the proper time with these bottles at a tasting with 20+ bottles.
I had the opportunity to taste the del Maggio at cortots place. I did not take formal notes but recall noticing the alcohol at first but it did settle down. This is a fruit forward new world take on Grenache. I recall strawberry jam, a medium to long finish and minimal tannins. This is not your Winesmith or Tercero Grenache but this is not a bad thing. The body and style reminded me of Beckmen Grenache if you’re familiar with their style. I am partial to Rhone grapes and Grenache is my favorite. Really considering this offer. I would pair it with BBQ ribs. The $16 per is a great value. Hope this helps.
I was also fortunate to have a sampling of this wine at the gathering. Had a medium to pale tint, the picture I took shows a lighter showing. Immediate floral scent hits the nose and very inviting. There were very low tannins with a slight tartness that didn’t really linger long. I did pick up on a slight chalky taste on the roof of my mouth but nothing to turn me away from the wine. There was some sediment on the last glass but it was mention that may be due to how that type of wine is made? I’m not too familiar with this type of wine, but it was a nice easy drinking wine I would also consider buying.
Sitting in a hotel in Bangkok, Opened my email and see Greg’s wine on Casemates. Their tasting room is across the street from us in Sutter Creek. Stopped in the tasting room a couple of weeks ago and walked out with six bottles of the Orellana. A wonderful wine Jana and I have been enjoying with dinner.
Sorry guys - I now know why i played tag with the fed-ex guy since last Thursday. Him leaving “door tags” and me wondering why he always managed to show up at the various times no one was home. Looks like I was chosen to rat the Del Maggio but it wasn’t actually in my hands until last night and I had no idea WTF was going on.
Surprised not many states are lit up. We need to support small wineries people! This will ensure future offers from small producers, I think. Bet you can’t find this wine at your local supermarket! My two cents.