2018 North Coast Rosé Members Only
A dynamic wine, the nose shows dried strawberries, raspberry preserves, broad notes of cantaloupe and hints of cherry blossoms. This light-body wine shows balanced acidity and fruit with notes of pear, gravenstein apples, passion fruit, watermelon and lemon zest making it a perfect summer sipper. It is mouth filling while lingering on the palate. While most rosé wines start to lose some of the characteristics almost immediately, this wine only gets better as it opens up.
Comprised of three award winning and storied vineyards; Suacci Vineyard is a 6.5-acre vineyard planted on south facing slopes of the Sebastopol Hills in Blucher Valley in Russian River Valley AVA. Manchester Ridge is located in the discontinuous Mendocino Ridge AVA, near the Sonoma County line. This rugged and diverse location is accessible only by timber flanked logging roads, which climb up to 2058 ft elevation. The award-winning Bacigalupi Vineyard (Russian River) now consisting of 125 acres of premium grapes, which have been planted and managed by the family who has roots in the wine industry stretching over four generations. Two new vineyards to our 2018 lineup were added to the 2018 rose, these are our Rockpile Vineyard AVA Zinfandel, where some of the most intensely flavored examples of zinfandel are found. Mila Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in the Alexander Valley AVA which is a biodynamic vineyard producing exceptional wine grapes.
Record-breaking winter rainfall kicked off the season, filling the water table to capacity and replenishing soils. A mild spring brought bud break at the normal time, and vintners reported small berries with excellent color. A hot summer culminated in a Labor Day weekend heat wave that caused some vintners to move up their harvest dates by a week or so. The grapes endured the heat and once cooler weather arrived, fruit was able to mature at a gradual pace. Mid-September rain forced growers open up canopies, and in some instances, use blowers to dry out certain varieties prior to harvesting. Early estimates predicted an average yield, but some vintners reported weight loss in the grapes after the heat wave. Because most of the fruit was picked prior to the October fires, vintners have a positive outlook on the 2017 wines, comparing the vintage to 2003, 2013 and 2014. The fruit has excellent color, pronounced flavors and high quality across varieties.
10-15% bleeds are preformed once our fruit comes in and put into tank. This technique is called “saignée,” which is French for “bleed” and involves taking the juice before the skins can release color into the juice. This technique helps concentrate the juice to skin ratio on all of our pinot noirs, and the by product is a beautiful pink colored rosé. We halt fermentation halfway through to impede malolactic. This helps retain some of the bright fruit characters such as raspberry, strawberry and Bing cherry.
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.