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2012 Suacci Vineyard Pinot Noir

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2012 Suacci Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Winemaker Notes

The 2012 Suacci Vineyard Pinot Noir shows an appealing nose of baked cherry pie and Asian spice. A smooth entry to the palate is followed with a pleasing mouth-feel and flavors of tart cranberry and pomegranate. Should drink well from mid-2015 to 2020.


  • Wine Enthusiast - 92 Points
  • LA International Wine Competition - 95 Points, Gold Medal, & Best In Class

Technical Notes

  • Appellation  |  Russian River Valley
  • Composition  |  Suacci Vineyard: 75% clone 115, 25% clone 777
  • Barrel Time |  14 months
  • Alcohol  |  13.1%
  • Cases Produced  |  153

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Winemaking Techniques

Harvested by hand at optimum ripeness. At the winery, the grapes were hand sorted and gently destemmed or left as whole clusters. The grapes were then fermented in small vats with hand punchdowns conducted twice per day.  A blend of natural and cultured yeasts were used for fermentation. At dryness, the grapes were gently pressed directly into barrels.  The wine rested in French oak (40% new) for 14 months before bottling. The final blend is about 10% whole cluster.  

Vintage Notes

2012 marked a return to “normal” Sonoma County. A nice, sunny, even keeled growing season provided ideal ripening in the vineyards. Yields were bountiful, but quality, flavors and intensity did not suffer.

Fruit Source: Suacci Vineyard

Suacci Vineyard is a 6.5-acre vineyard planted on south facing slopes tucked away in the small, little-known Blucher Valley southwest of Sebastopol. An especially cool pocket of the region, there are short windows of heat in the midday, followed once again by the assertive ocean breezes that arrive like clockwork come 3:30pm. With low yields and tiny clusters, this vineyard produces Pinot Noir with intense, layered flavors and a firm acid backbone. 

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.