Baca winery is the newest brainchild of Kathryn Hall’s dynasty spreading from Napa into Sonoma County. With more than 500 acres of estate vineyards dedicated to Bordeaux varieties, Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Pinot, the Halls have built an empire producing wine that is designed to celebrate life and inspire the senses. Baca is the continuation of this dream and their focus is on site-specific Zinfandels. Located in the remote northwestern corner of Sonoma County that spans over 15,000 acres, the Rockpile AVA is sparsely planted with only 190 acres of vineyards. Baca pulls fruit from the Mauritson family, grape growing pioneers whose history in the area dates back to the 1880’s. The land is perfect for growing fruit as it is otherworldly; mountain slopes, harsh, exposed, rocky and 1200 feet above sea level. This environment reflects the struggle that defines great wine. We jumped at the opportunity to select this wine because of its powerful and expressive fruit that explodes from the bottle upon cork popping. Owen Bargreen from Wine Enthusiast notes, “Right out of the gate you are enticed by the dense dark fruit with black tea flavors that mingle with minerals.