2012 Keefer Ranch Chardonnay

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2012 Keefer Ranch Chardonnay

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Winemaking Notes

On the nose, hints of lemon curd, citrus peel, cream and tonic emerge from the glass and, with a little air, a pure, leesy chardonnay is exposed. The 2012 year produced wines of great complexity and richness due to the warm and lengthy growing season. On the palate, the wine is rich, but has a racy, crisp framework.

Technical Notes

  • Appellation  |  Russian River Valley
  • Composition  |  Keefer Ranch Vineyard: 100% Chardonnay
  • Barrel Time  |  14 months
  • Alcohol  |  12.8%
  • Cases Produced  |  139

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Winemaking Techniques

After harvesting the vineyard by hand, the grapes were brought to the winery where the fruit was hand sorted and then whole cluster pressed. The juice was fermented both in barrel and in stainless steel tanks. Natural and cultured yeasts were used for fermentation. At dryness, all of the wines were moved to barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. The wine was aged in neutral and new French oak (28%) for 14 months before bottling.

Vintage Notes

After two challenging years of weather, in 2012 Mother Nature gave growers one of the best harvests in recent history. Growing conditions throughout the year produced an abundant crop of mature grapes with balanced flavors and good structure. An abundance of California coastal weather-- fog in the morning, and warm sunshine in the afternoon, often sent temperatures into the mid 90s, quickly cooling off after sunset. The daily cyclical temperature shift often hit 50 degrees, and continued into September ripening fruit evenly and slowly. Fruit quality was exceptional.

Fruit Source: Keefer Ranch

Keefer Ranch is located near the headwaters of Green Valley Creek in Sebastopol, with gently sloping, well drained, south-facing exposure.  The Green Valley is defined by the fog and is usually the first place where the fog comes in through the Petaluma Gap, and the last place where the fog burns off, making it the coolest and foggiest part of the Russian River Valley.  The vineyard was planted in 1988 on the site of a former apple orchard. It consists of 40 acres of Pinot Noir and 10 acres of Chardonnay.

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.