Modus Operandi Cellars

Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.311 ratings
9.34 pro ratings
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Chris Zitzman

Even in Its youth, the 2018 Modus Operandi Cellars Pinot from the oft-heralded Bacigalupi Vineyard is more than just approachable- it’s unreal. The nose is already in bloom with oodles of Burgundy-like bramble berry, while the mouthfeel is as silk should be defined.
Frankly, I’ve never had a Pinot Noir like it, anywhere near it’s price. Not even close.

Even in Its youth, the 2018 Modus Operandi Cellars Pinot from the oft-heralded Bacigalupi Vineyard is more than just approachable- it’s unreal. The nose is already in bloom with oodles of Burgundy-like bramble berry, while the mouthfeel is as silk should be defined.
Frankly, I’ve never had a Pinot Noir like it, anywhere near it’s price. Not even close.

Jul 27th, 2020
Shawn R

Has shed some of its fruit from the last time I had it. Crafted really well and balanced PN. Rich yet not cloying,

Has shed some of its fruit from the last time I had it. Crafted really well and balanced PN. Rich yet not cloying,

Jul 5th, 2020
Tim Edwards

Unapologetic California Pinot Noir. Big!

Unapologetic California Pinot Noir. Big!

Dec 13th, 2019
Tobin Trevarthen

Big. Bold. Berries. If you like a power Pinot that is big fruit. This delivers.

Big. Bold. Berries. If you like a power Pinot that is big fruit. This delivers.

Sep 29th, 2018
Mark Farrell

Medium garnet in color with a nose of plum sauce, dark and red cherries, potpourri, brown sugar, and maybe a hint of gun smoke. Nose is delightful and develops the longer it is in the glass. The age has smoothed this wine out nicely. No sharpness at all. No tannin to speak of. Lingering flavors of a cherry jolly rancher on the finish. I remember tasting this in either ‘16 or ‘17 and thinking it had body closer to a cab. I think that has helped this wine to age gracefully. Drink now. First experience with an aged Pinot. I have another bottle of this. Would seem like it would go well with Chicken Parmesan. I’ll make that for my other bottle.

Medium garnet in color with a nose of plum sauce, dark and red cherries, potpourri, brown sugar, and maybe a hint of gun smoke. Nose is delightful and develops the longer it is in the glass. The age has smoothed this wine out nicely. No sharpness at all. No tannin to speak of. Lingering flavors of a cherry jolly rancher on the finish. I remember tasting this in either ‘16 or ‘17 and thinking it had body closer to a cab. I think that has helped this wine to age gracefully. Drink now. First experience with an aged Pinot. I have another bottle of this. Would seem like it would go well with Chicken Parmesan. I’ll make that for my other bottle.

May 26th, 2023
Neal Ferry

Licorice

Licorice

Apr 10th, 2023
Matthew Cohen

Nose is pinot on steroids.

Palate is pinot on steroids but well made. Sort of gevryish. Some delicious candy.

Nose is pinot on steroids.

Palate is pinot on steroids but well made. Sort of gevryish. Some delicious candy.

Sep 8th, 2022
Dean Butler

Dean had this 8 months ago

Dean had this 8 months ago

Oct 15th, 2023
Dean Butler

Dean had this 4 years ago

Dean had this 4 years ago

Aug 7th, 2020
Frank Heinz

Frank had this 4 years ago

Frank had this 4 years ago

Jan 19th, 2020