Modus Operandi’s Bacchipectus 2011- The Amphora bottle!

30 Jul

Modus Operandi 2011 Bacchipectus, Napa, California. 14.5% ABV,  found online for $119/bottle. Two Barrels Produced.


This wine came in a Modus Operandi Wine club shipment as a club-only selection, and sat in my cellar for years while I waited for a special occasion to open it. It wasn’t until after shock of a loved one’s passing, during a social media blitz that I asked followers to carpe diem, and Open That Bottle!, that I finally took this treasure from its dusty slot on the shelf and tasted it, that I immediately wished I had waited for a BETTER special occasion and friends to share it with. So here you are!

In a bottle with an oversized mouth, sealed in wax, and that has tiny arms that look like amphorae handles-  comes a sauvignon blanc like none I have experienced before. Winemaker Jason Moore used 100% sauvignon blanc grapes and fermented the juice on the lees, with skins and seeds in French oak, then barrel aged for THREE YEARS. You can tell the difference immediately, this does NOT taste like traditional sauvignon blanc!  

The color is a rich, golden hue- and it has a turbid level of clarity; tiny particles the eye can see, help to make this wine the stunning experience that it is. The nose offers honeysuckle, apricot, orange peel, and clay. On the palate, this seven-year-old sauvignon blanc has baked apple and mature lemon rind with a supple, luxurious mouthfeel. Robust acidity prevents the palate from any oiliness. It is luscious, with lip-smacking acidity on the front palate, beautiful tartness across the mid-palate, with a sharp slice of heat on the back palate. And as soon as the wine is swallowed, the finish lingers beautifully, hanging in the air like low fog across a mountain range, while my mouth begs for the next sip.

I paired this with pasta, with fresh seafood, and a stunning goat cheese with an ash rind. Each bite was improved by the wine, no doubt. But truly, the star of the show is this beautiful wine, that needs no food to appreciate the brilliant modern, classic, and historic techniques merged In its creation. 


“Regrets, I’ve Had a Few” 

I hope that’s not the case, Jason. Not with this wine, this is brilliant. I only wish I had more to share with friends.  So to you, I’ll send you off with deep respect, and the Chairman of the Board. Thanks for doing this your way.



à votre santé!


6 Responses to “Modus Operandi’s Bacchipectus 2011- The Amphora bottle!”

  1. DaveTosti-Lane July 31, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

    I agree Jim, it’s amazing juice. We drank the first one in 2015, and it was already fabulous with a lamb stew, but I’m holding the second for a few more years – I initially put its window as 2015-2025 – based on how it’s drinking now, would you say that’s reasonable? (Sounds from your notes like it may support going well beyond that, but I doubt my patience extends much further 😉

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    • jimvanbergen July 31, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

      Hey Dave!
      I DO think it could last to 2025. The tough question is how long with the beautiful fruit profile stay, and maybe the answer is if you recall how much fruit you had in 2015, and how much it’s changing. I had plenty in the bottle I opened, but I can’t see this becoming a “vin jaune” style (though I do think those can go 30-40 years, like Brunello or some Amarone!)
      I have a feeling that due to the fermentation process and aging, this bottle would be drinkable in 2026 especially if maintained at colder temp, that’s only 15 years after bottling, after three years in oak.
      But for “best overall” timetable, I’d personally probably drink at 2021, so you still get the fruit forward SB sensibility, but I’m very cautious as I’ve been burned more than once by holding white burgundies too long.
      Cheers my friend!


      • DaveTosti-Lane July 31, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

        Thanks Jim – I suspect 2021 to 2023 is a pretty likely window in fact. I’m pleased to hear that the nose is still so fresh – I’ve had ridiculously good luck with long agers, but admittedly 99% of those have been Brunellos, Barolos and other reds.
        I wish I’d grabbed more than two when they were available.

        Cheers indeed!


  2. Dracaena Wines July 31, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

    so sorry for your loss.



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