2014 Bell Chardonnay, Yountville
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Our replanted Estate vineyard, which includes two highly-touted Dijon clones of Chardonnay, is finally at full production. Our Chardonnay now carries the Estate Bottled designation and is a lovely blend of these two clones.

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2014 Bell Chardonnay, Yountville

Vintage Notes
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.

Tasting Notes
More European in style than Californian, restrained use of oak and the absence of lees during barrel aging allow the tropical and citrus fruit flavors to flourish. This wine bridges the crisp, unwooded Southern Hemisphere style and the rich, oaky, buttery style of California. Aromas of ripe fruit and a hint of oak, with a rich, creamy roundness from the malo-lactic fermentation, give the wine texture and an opulent finish while the tank-fermented portion keeps the wine bright and lively. Sumptuous and mouthwatering on the palate, this delicious food wine is a delightful accompaniment to a broad spectrum of dishes, or, served slightly chilled, as an aperitif.

Technical Analysis
Varietal                  Chardonnay
Source                  Yountville, Napa Valley
Harvest Date       Sept 10 – 15, 2014
Harvest Sugar     24.2 °Brix
Harvest Acid        0.53 gm/100ml
Total Acid             0.62 gm/100ml
pH                         3.85
Alcohol                 14.4%
Aging                    53% barrel & malo-lactic, 28% tank only, 19% tank to barrel then aged 5 months, in 20% new French Oak
Bottle Date          March 2015
Production          1,035 six-pack cases

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