2013 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 7
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One of our signature clonal wines, this 100% Cabernet sauvignon is a study in singularity. Richly textured and delectably spicy, our Clone 7 features luscious Napa fruit, grown on a vine that's known as a "workhorse" in California .

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2013 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 7

Following his work identifying the differences between various Cabernet sauvignon clones for the BV clonal trials, Anthony Bell spent many hours introducing several promising selections to the Beckstoffer Georges III vineyard in Rutherford.

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

Deep in color, this Calistoga vineyard showcases its volcanic soil terroir with a loamy, earthy quality on the nose, along with beautiful, dark fruits supported by sweet, spicy wood notes.   The dark fruit flavors on the nose carry into the palate displaying ripe black currant and black cherry flavors – a classic Napa Valley Cabernet.  Lush and round on the palate, the tannins are integrated into the wine and well balanced with the energetic acidity.  With a long and savory finish, this wine will definitely reward those with the patience to age it for several years..

Technical Analysis
Varietal                Cabernet sauvignon, 100% Clone 7
Source                Georges III Vyd, Rutherford
Harvest Date      September 28, 2013
Harvest Sugar    27.2 Brix
Harvest Acid       0.40 gm/100ml
Total Acid            0.61 gm/100ml
pH                        3.62
Alcohol                14.9%
Aging                    21 months in 96% French Oak, 4% American Oak, 35% New
Bottle Date          July 2015
Production          225 cases

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