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Vintage:

2018

Varietal:

Pinot Noir

Winemaker:

Will Weese

Appellation:

Russian River Valley

Vineyards:

Bacigalupi Vineyard

Barrel Aging:

18 Months

Cases Produced:

124

Release Date:

Spring 2021

Composition:

Pinot Noir Clones 667 & 777

Alcohol:

14.4%

2018 Bacigalupi Pinot Noir   

Northern Russian River was blessed with great sun exposure and cool mornings in 2018. Slow sugar accumulations helped lead to ripe fruit, full of complexity and vibrant flavors. On the nose you’ll get subtle notes of clove, incense and allspice, black fruits and cherry pie. This wine is ripe, wild and mysterious. The palate of black raspberry, dried rose petals, and savory spices lead to a long, dry finish with a rustic twist. The long-lasting finish will keep you coming back for more.

FRUIT SOURCE: BACIGALUPI

In 1956 Charles and Helen Bacigalupi purchased 121 acres on Westside Road, a few miles south of the town of Healdsburg. In a simple beginning, Charles began to care for the 16 acres of existing vineyards. Envisioning the demand for premium wine grapes, Paul Heck (of Korbel winery) encouraged Charles to plant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  In 1964, Charles began his plantings with six acres of each varietal. Eventually he obtained Pinot Noir bud wood from Karl Wente, the first well documented plantings of Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley. He remembers Wente telling him the stock had come from France via the family’s old vineyard in Livermore. The family name (Bacigalupi) gained recognition during the 1976 Paris Tasting when the 1973 Napa Valley Chardonnay from Château Montelena (made with 40% of Bacigalupi fruit) triumphed over many acclaimed French wines. This event was the turning point in America’s global wine image.  The vineyards now consist of 125 acres of premium grapes which have been planted and managed for the past 30 years by John Bacigalupi and his family. 

VINTAGE NOTES

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.  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.  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 provide 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.

WINEMAKING TECHNIQUES

Harvested at first light of dawn, the grapes are hand-picked and delivered to the winery nice and cold. At the winery, the grapes were hand sorted and destemmed. The grapes were then fermented in small open top bins with hand punch downs conducted two to three times per day. After a four-day cold soak, the bins are allowed to warm up and start fermentation using native yeasts that come in on the grapes from the vineyard. Upon dryness, the grapes were pressed directly into a combination of 40% new French oak barrels for 18 months aging.

THE WINERY

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.

Vintage:

2018

Varietal:

Pinot Noir

Winemaker:

Will Weese

Appellation:

Russian River Valley

Vineyards:

Bacigalupi Vineyard

Barrel Aging:

18 Months

Cases Produced:

124

Release Date:

Spring 2021

Composition:

Pinot Noir Clones 667 & 777

Alcohol:

14.4%


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