2016 Suacci Pinot Noir
This wine jumps out of the glass with buttery sweet cherry notes that roll into sweet cranberries and hints of tobacco. The palate is coated with flavors of dark cherry, dried cranberry and subtle oak nuances of tobacco. There is a long lingering finish with strong notes of black current and vanilla.
The grape clusters were hand harvested at night to ensure gentle processing of cool fruit. At the winery, the grapes were hand sorted, de-stemmed, leaving 10% of the fruit as whole clusters for added complexity and spice component. The grapes were then fermented in temperature controlled tanks; we did punch-downs three times daily. Native yeast was used for the fermentation. At dryness, the grapes were drained and pressed directly to barrel into a combination of 40% new French oak barrels for 11 months aging.
While the growing season had a couple of hiccups, it was largely uneventful. The biggest challenges came early in the growing season with budbreak occurring in some areas by the beginning of February, while rains in March stunting cluster development in a few vineyards, making for smaller berries and clusters. Moderate weather prevailed throughout summer and the lack of heat waves kept sugar levels and phenolic maturity in sync while ripening progressed slowly and predictably. The only extended periods of extreme heat came in late June and late July which allowed for extended time on the vine to produce desired flavor profiles. Crush was finished by late September and early indications on quality bode well. Berries were firm and had healthy skins producing vivid, deep flavors, great acidity and tannins and excellent freshness; strong specific vineyard signatures.
FRUIT SOURCE: SUACCI VINEYARD
Suacci Vineyard is a 6.5-acre vineyard planted on south facing slopes of the Sebastopol Hills in Blucher Valley. An especially cool pocket of the Russian River Valley, there are short windows of heat in the midday, followed once again by the assertive ocean breezes which flow through the Petaluma Gap. With low yields and tiny clusters, this vineyard consistently produces Pinot Noir with intense, complex flavors with pronounced acidity.
Bailarín Cellars was created in 2014 by a collective of family and friends, each following their respective passions and all sharing one: quality wine. 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.