2014 Bell Merlot, Sonoma County
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While we at Bell Wine Cellars have always focused on Merlot from our own Estate Vineyard, we recognize that Merlot can also produce lovely results in other areas; this particular bottling allows us to compare the two neighboring growing regions.

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2014 Bell Merlot, Sonoma County

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
Our 2014 Sonoma County Merlot showcases a different terroir than our traditional Napa Valley estate. A softer side of Merlot shows us warm red fruits, white pepper and mulled spices with a soft and supple entry on the palate. Classic Merlot lushness carries along flavors of ripe plum, Bing cherry, dried sage, and bittersweet chocolate. A delicate lingering finish shows off the oak spices from barrel ageing that is meant to enhance, not overpower, the sweet fruit of the varietal. A perfect pairing with grilled lamb chops or duck breast with wild rice.

Technical Analysis
Varietal                 Merlot (100%)
Appellation          Sonoma County
Total Acid             0.64 gm/100ml
pH                         3.61
Alcohol                 14.2%
Bottle Date          June 2016
Production           600 bottles

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