Big Head Wines Big Red #8 (750ml)
Cabernet FrancCabernet SauvignonMerlotPetit Verdot
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Andrzej Lipinski is the proprietor and head winemaker at Big Head Wines. He works with a small team, sourcing only the best fruit from the Niagara region, working closely with growers that share their attention to detail and pursuit of the highest quality. He has been crafting wine in Niagara for 20 years.
Andrzej Lipinski came to Canada from Poland in 1989. He was a mechanic by trade, and when he arrived worked on farms. Eventually he got a construction job at Vineland winery which later led to him getting a job in their cellar, helping the head winemaker. Andrzej took to winemaking easily, and within two years he’d become assistant winemaker. In 1998 he was allowed to make one wine of his own wines which resulted in winning a gold medal at a competition in Vinitaly. He gained further winemaking experience working for local wineries until he started making wines in 2011 under his own label Big Head. This was originally a virtual winery as the law at the time made it difficult to get a license without owning vines. Eventually he got a license and today Big Head produces their wines at Hunter Farms in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Together with their growers, the winemakers’ attention to detail has transformed Big Head into a fully-operational winery offering tastings seven days a week.
Note that Big Head wines is known for their use of “appassimento” (drying grapes after harvest). Though not all of their wines are made using this process, many of their wines achieve their signature “big style” by drying the grapes in tobacco kilns before pressing.
This is a fruity and spicy version of the Big Head Red. The nose suggests that the wine will be juicy. It has ripe red berry fruit, with a hint of rhubarb and chai spice. The palate is dry, the tannins are integrated, and this wine is way too easy to drink. Have this on any day ending in y. I think of pizza, barbecued meat, or pasta with red sauce.
This blend is customized to the harvest each year. This version is a blend of predominantly 2019 and 2020 Cabernet Franc, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Some of the juice is from freshly pressed grapes while some is from grapes that have been dried after harvest. The wine ages in a combination of old barrels, new barrels, small barrels and large vats.