2018 Indian Springs Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
2018 Sauvignon Blanc packs a zesty punch. This wine illustrates the beauty of Sonoma County with plenty of citrus tones up front and tropical flavors in the background. The nose enchants you with gooseberry, grapefruit, green apple, lime, starfruit all coming together to build a beautiful bouquet. While on the palate, Passion fruit, lemon and lime, coat your mouth and come all together for a dried apricot white peach finish. Clean and balanced acidity this wine will be sure to be a crowd pleaser on warmer afternoons.
The Indian Springs Ranch Vineyard is located in the Sonoma Valley. The Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard is planted on a north facing rocky river terrace slope. The soils in this vineyard are from the Glen Ellen alluvial formation. The FPMS 01 clone selected for this vineyard has a long history tracing back to 1880’s when the El Mocho vineyard was first planted with clippings from the famed Chateau d’ Yquem Sauvignon Blanc Vineyards. This clone is very unique and responds well to the alluvial soils in the Sonoma Valley.
This vintage started off cooler than the previous few vintages. Despite having a warm February, the cooler weather set in and provided a wonderfully cool spring. The bloom lasted longer than usual and provided for consistent fruit set throughout the vineyards. The summer temperatures were moderate and allowed veraison to start later than previous vintages. There was a cooling trend in late July that meant we avoided the typical late summer heat spikes that drove an early and compressed harvest the previous two vintages. As a result, harvest started 2-3 weeks later than previous years, but was really back to normal where it should be. The grape development and maturation took extra time with the cooler weather with vineyards thinning fruit more times than in previous years. Slower ripening and cooler weather typically provides higher quality fruit and we are already seeing the benefits in the cellar with fully mature, sweet tannins, outstanding color and brightness, depth of fruit, naturally beautifully balanced wines. Due to an ideal growing season the 2018 vintage is already showing its potential for greatness.
Fruit is picked early morning and delivered to the winery nice and cold. The fruit is then placed whole cluster into a bladder press and pressed gently for 3 hours to a stainless steel tank where it is fermented under temperature control to ensure a slow fermentation that helps us retain fruitiness and maximize the fruit structure will be retained and not dropped out once racked off the lees post fermentation. The wine is racked twice post fermentation to increase clarity and bottled 5 months later for a fresh and crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
Bailarín Cellars was created in 2014 by a collective of family and friends, each following their respective passions. Together we focus on producing small lots of handcrafted wines from unique vineyard sources. We are proud to share the fruits of our labor and love with you.