2013 Bell Merlot, Yountville, Napa Valley
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Grown on the winery’s estate vineyard, our Merlot is bright with a rich mouth feel with flavors of plum and tobacco. The tannins are firm but not gritty and the dry finish is punctuated with notes of spicy sweet oak.

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2013 Bell Merlot, Yountville, Napa Valley

Vintage Notes
Our 2013 promises to be a glorious vintage for Napa. With a warm, dry spring, bud break occurred early, a couple weeks ahead of the norm. Spring was frost-free through flowering and the crop set with ideal conditions. Throughout the entire growing season, the valley saw moderate to warm temperatures with only one minor heat spike the end of June and beginning of July. An early harvest started in late July and accelerated in August. September saw the arrival of two light, mid-month rains, but the following breezy, sunny weather quickly dried fruit allowing the late ripening Cabernet to hang without damage. Crop size was above-average. The dry spring delivered small berries, which combined with the long, even summer temperatures has produced wines of exceptionally deep color, intense flavor and energetic acidity and freshness.

Tasting Notes
The 2013 Estate Merlot is a firmly structured wine that will please even a Cabernet lover. Deep in color, the ripe, red berry aromatics on the nose are laced with subtle vanilla and dried floral notes. Medium bodied and classically styled, this Merlot showcases bright acidity from our Yountville estate vineyard.  The tannins are firm and, along with the sweet oak, are wonderfully integrated into the wine, the texture is lush and the aromas from the nose carry through on the palate. Our estate is known for producing world class Merlot on our clay soil and brings out true varietal typicity and rich, complex fruit flavors.  The rich depth of the wine comes from the low crop yields of the vines – the result of aggressive green thinning in summer to ensure evenly mature fruit - yielding a rich, full wine with a lovely structure and a long, persistent finish.

Technical Analysis
Varietal:                Merlot (95%), Cabernet sauvignon (5%)
Appellation          Yountville, Napa Valley
Harvest Date       October 3 – 18, 2013
Harvest Sugar     25.2 Brix
Harvest Acid        0.40 gm/100ml
Total Acid             0.60 gm/100ml
pH                         3.65
Alcohol                 14.3%
Aging                    20 months in oak, 97% French, 3% American, 33% new
Bottle Date          July 2015
Production          800 six-bottle cases

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