2014 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

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2014 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

43.99

The Wine

Our Napa Valley Cabernet sauvignon is a blend created from select vineyards and appellations within the renowned Napa Valley. Drawing on his experience with Cabernet sauvignon and his time in Bordeaux, Anthony has created a wine that respects this historic blended wine style, utilizing fruit from the unique appellations of Napa Valley. Our 2015 vintage is a blend of Cabernet sauvignon (98%), Malbec (1%), Petit Verdot (1%). The wine was aged in French oak barrels, of which 58% were new, for 19 months. The wine was not fined and received a gentle filtration prior to bottling.

Vintage Notes

Yet another year of drought conditions began with our “rainy season” ending early, followed immediately by flowering fruit trees opening up before the end of January. We received only about 75% of our usual rain. Spring was long, cool, overcast and punctuated by several windy days during flowering that badly affected fruit set. Shatter was evident in several of the vineyards we work with; by harvest, our Chardonnay crop was off by about 40% and our Syrah by 60%. Growing season temperatures were steady and warm – perfect for developing the complex fruit flavors we look for, as well as preserving the acidity necessary for mouth-watering wine. Harvest began in July, our earliest harvest date on record at BELL, and we were completely finished bringing in our red grapes by the first day of October, also a record. To quote Anthony, “Young wines look to be of excellent quality with deep color and lovely fruit aromas, and initial analysis shows no serious impacts from the series of heat waves we experienced. Overall yields are down, but it is safe to say that while we will not have the expected quantity to sell in upcoming years, the quality will be exceptional.”

Tasting Notes

The Bell Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is classically styled and elegantly presented from bouquet to finish. A deep, rich, garnet color promises what the spectacular 2015 vintage delivered. Dark berries explode in the glass with Rutherford dust coming through from one of our signature vineyards. The entry is lush and expansive with silky tannins. Black fruits and dark chocolate saturate the palate framed by the essence of French oak. The finish is long and satisfying with finesse and purity.

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