The 2018 growing season was ideal, with cooler temperatures and moderate weather providing a long ripening period. JD Ranch, situated high on the hilltops of Rockpile, benefited from ample sunshine above the fog line and ample sunshine. Resulting in concentrated fruit flavors of boysenberry, blackberry, cherry pie, and cassis on the nose. The wine has a balanced palate with earthy tones, raspberry jam, maraschino cherry, baking spices, dark cocoa, and a hint of cedar plank on the finish. With a full-bodied structure, this wine offers complexity and depth.
Clusters were hand-harvested in the early morning to preserve the coolness of the fruit. The grapes underwent meticulous hand sorting, destemming, and crushing to extract the juice from the skins. Fermentation took place in a jacketed open top tank with twice-daily pump overs, where the juice was pumped over the skins to enhance color extraction. As a biodynamic vineyard, we allowed the native yeast to naturally ferment the wine.
FRUIT SOURCE JD RANCH VINEYARD
Located northwest of Dry Creek Valley and elevated above Lake Sonoma, Rockpile is an AVA covering 15,400 acres. Approximately 11 vineyards have planted wine grapes across around 160 acres within this region. Renowned for its "signature clone" of Zinfandel, sourced from St. Peter's Catholic Church vineyard in Cloverdale. Situated at elevations between 800 and 2,100 feet, Rockpile vineyards enjoy ample sunlight and less fog, thanks to an inversion layer created by Lake Sonoma.
The 2018 vintage began cooler than previous years, resulting in a longer and more even growing season. Moderate summer temperatures and a delayed veraison led to a harvest starting 2-3 weeks later than usual. The extended ripening period and cooler weather allowed for higher quality fruit, with fully mature, sweet tannins, vibrant color, depth of flavor, and natural balance. The 2018 vintage shows great potential for excellence.
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.