2018 Manchester Ridge Pinot Noir
The cool climate of Manchester brings out lots of the bright red fruits and engulfs your nose with red and black cherries, raspberry jam, with hints of cinnamon, clove, earth tones and vanillin from the oak. This wine retains a very well balanced acidity level that also brings out delicious red fruit tones such as tart cherries and cranberries, raspberry jam, strawberry with hints of herb tones integrated. Medium to full bodied with supple tannins and long finish reminds us of why we love this vineyard.
Clusters were hand harvested in at night to ensure gentle processing of cool fruit. At the winery, the grapes were hand sorted, destemmed, and 10% of fruit was left "whole cluster" for complexity. The grapes were then fermented in small open top bins with hand punchdowns conducted twice per day. A blend of natural and cultured yeasts were used for fermentation. At dryness, the grapes were pressed directly into a combination of 40% new French oak barrels for 11 months aging. The final blend consists of the winemakers selection of the best barrels.
FRUIT SOURCE : MANCHESTER RIDGE VINEYARD
This is a very special vineyard. It is located in the remote AVA of Mendocino Ridge in Mendocino County in the North Coast of California. The location is rugged and accessible only by timber-flanked logging roads that climb to 2058 feet elevation. There are 29.86 planted acres of a potential 78 +/- total plantable acres. Of the acres that are planted, 18.7 +/- are Pinot Noir and 8.5 +/- are Chardonnay. The vineyard sits above the coastal fog at 2200 feet elevation just west of Anderson Valley where the warm days and cool nights increase the hang time for the ripening of the fruit and it comes in almost a full month later than our valley vineyards. To us, this is a hidden gem and this AVA has been described as California’s best kept secret source of spectacular wines.
Moderate winter rainfall kicked off the season, adding to the water table and replenishing soils. A moderate spring brought bud break at the normal time, and vintners reported small berries with excellent color. Moderate summer temperatures culminated in a harvest that was delayed anywhere from 10 days to 3 weeks of normal. This was a near ideal growing season for the grapes as they were allowed to mature slowly on the vines and produce grapes of exceptional quality with balanced sugars, acids and tannins. Early estimates predicted a better than average yield, but some vintners reported larger yields than expected with high quality fruit. Vintners have an exceptional outlook on the 2018 wines, comparing the vintage to 2003 in quality and slightly above 2003 in yield.. The fruit has excellent color, pronounced flavors and high quality across varieties.
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.