2014 Bell Syrah, Block 6, Canterbury Vineyard, Sierra Foothills
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2014 Bell Syrah, Block 6, Canterbury Vineyard
For the third year in a row, Napa Valley experienced an exceptional vintage and near drought conditions. Though the drought continued to concern us throughout the growing season, between 11 and 17 inches of rain fell in the critical months of February and March, coming at the right time to provide the necessary water needed for a fairly smooth growing season. The warm winter resulted in an early bud break. July’s relatively low temperatures were coupled with high humidity during the summer, heightening rot and mildew concerns. The relatively cool summer slowed down sugar accumulation to achieve perfect ripeness at lower sugar levels. The growing season provided numerous challenges – our third consecutive drought year, the South Napa earthquake in August, and late season hail. Our harvest started about two weeks early, the earliest since 2004, with vines yielding loose clusters of small, intensely flavored berries. The resulting wines have deep color, rich fruit flavors and a wonderful, supple texture on the palate.
A deeply colored, rich, dark ruby with a rim that contains blue notes, this wine opens with a potpourri of dried cranberry and roasted, spiced fruit. The fruit is augmented with dried herb bramble and a light dusting of cocoa. Ripe tannins and good acidity support the abundant fruit gracefully, leaving a delicious, clean finish that features nice length with a gentle grip and lingering ripe fruit.
Source Canterbury Vyd, Block 6, Sierra Foothills
Harvest Sugar 26.2 Brix
Harvest Acid 0.54 gm/100ml
Total Acid 0.65 gm/100ml
Aging 12 months in 50% French Oak, 14% American Oak, 100% new
Bottle Date December 2015
Production 350 cases
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