2008 Bacio Divino “Vagabond” Syrah


2008 Bacio Divino “Vagabond” Syrah

$60 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt

Bacio Divino Cellars is a Rutherford-based winery featuring five labels, at least one of which may be familiar to Carpe Vino regulars:  the “Pazzo,” a.k.a., ‘Call Me Crazy,” a tasty, mostly sangiovese blend with a psychedelic label.  Now comes the “Vagabond,” a pure syrah that Robert Parker awarded 92 points.

Made by one of Napa’s young rockers, Kurt Venge, there is just a smidge on the market priced at $60 per bottle (though Parker shows inaccurate pricing of $45 per pop).  The winery is owned by Claus and Diane Janzen.  Swiss by birth, Claus brought his family to Napa via Winnipeg, Canada, and he spent 12 years at Caymus working in international marketing.  His first wine under the Bacio Divino label was produced in 1993.

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Vagabond syrah is dense and delectable: it possesses the traditional depth, complexity and longevity of this varietal. The flavor is balanced with a richness of dark fruit, and spicy oak nuances. While it is wonderful to enjoy now, there will still be life in this Vagabond for many years.”

The Wine Advocate Review, 92 points:  “The 2008 Vagabond Syrah exhibits a dense purple color along with notes of tar, camphor, and smoky barbecued meats. With its wonderfully dense, rich, full-bodied flavors and loads of fruit and opulence, it should drink well for 4-5 years.  Bacio Divino’s proprietor, Claus Janzen, continues to turn out one of the best values in Napa.”  –Robert Parker

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