2014 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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2014 Bell Merlot, Yountville, Napa Valley

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
The 2014 Estate Merlot is a firmly structured wine that will please even the most discerning Cabernet lover. Medium bodied and classically styled, our cool-climate Yountville vineyard that adjoins the winery delivers mouth-watering acidity. The clay soil of the estate is known for producing world class Merlot, enhancing varietal typicity and complex fruit structure.  Deep in color, the invitingly ripe, red berry aromatics on the nose are laced with cigar box, vanilla, cedar and dried floral notes.   The scents carry through on the palate of red and black raspberry, dried cranberry and a subtle, herbaceous spice.  The plush depth of the wine comes from the low crop yields of the vines – a result of our aggressive “green thinning” during the summer to ensure entirely mature fruit at harvest - creating a rich, sumptuous wine with lovely definition and a long, persistent finish.  Although this wine can easily be enjoyed in its youth, the well-knit character it exhibits suggests that it will benefit with time.

Technical Analysis
Varietal               Merlot (91%), Cabernet sauvignon (9%)
Appellation        Yountville, Napa Valley
Harvest Date     September 18-October 1, 2014
Harvest Sugar   23.7 Brix
Harvest Acid       0.44 gm/100ml
Total Acid            0.67 gm/100ml
pH                        3.59
Alcohol                14.2%
Aging                   20 months in oak, 90% French, 10% American, 65% new
Bottle Date         June 2016
Production         525 cases

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