2012 Bismark Vineyard Zinfandel

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2012 Bismark Vineyard Zinfandel

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Winemaker Notes

The 2012 Bismark Zinfandel exhibits the quality of the vintage and complexity of mountain grown Zinfandel.  Deeply concentrated garnet in color, it flaunts the aromas of dark berry fruit, licorice, with hints of vanilla and cocoa. The flavor, which mirrors the aroma, totally fills the mouth and lingers. 

Technical Notes

  • Appellation  |  Sonoma Valley

  • Composition  |  100% Zinfandel
  • Barrel Time  |  18 months
  • Alcohol  |  15.0%
  • Cases Produced  |  174

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Winemaking Techniques

Once again the vintage provided outstanding fruit quality, requiring only minimal sorting of leaves and clusters prior to destemming. The must was cold soaked for 5 days to improve extraction and then inoculated to initiate fermentation. After 24 days on the skins, the wine was pressed and aged for 14 months in 46% new French Oak barrels.  The barrels were racked only once prior to making the final blend.

Vintage Notes

2012 is one of those vintages that have been blessed by Mother Nature. Growing conditions throughout the year were ideal for producing a bumper crop of mature grapes with balanced flavors. In red varieties, like Zinfandel, we see deeper colors and softer tannins than in previous vintages. Definitely a vintage to look forward to when released.

Fruit Source: Bismark Mountain Vineyard

According to Hanna Winery who owns the vineyard "The jewel in the crown of the Hanna vineyards, Bismark is high in the Sonoma Mayacamas Mountains, with elevations from 1400-2600 feet. 67 acres here are devoted to the Bordeaux varieties, Syrah and Zinfandel. The vines grow in decomposed igneous rock. With tiny tonnage, this vineyard produces inky, powerful wines that age beautifully." We have found that this warm mountaintop vineyard is ideal for growing big, rich Zinfandel.

The Winery

Based in the small Russian River Valley town of Sebastopol, Suacci Carciere released its inaugural wines in 2006. These wines capture the owners’ commitment to showcasing small, artisan vineyards of the cool western Sonoma County wine growing region. Suacci Carciere wines offer broad fruit flavors, fresh, crisp structure, and notable depth, complexity and texture.

Bailarin Cellars acquired Suacci Carciere's 2012 inventory, including the Suacci Vineyard Pinot Noir, that our inaugural 2014 wine is based. All wine from 2014 forward will be under Bailarin Cellars brand, so get the Suacci Carciere wines before they are gone.