2018 North Coast Rosé
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.
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.
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.
Five distinct vineyards with three grape varietals make up our 2018 Rose. Three award winning and storied pinot noir producing 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.
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.