2015 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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2015 Bell Chardonnay, Yountville

Vintage Notes
Yet another year of drought conditions began with our “rainy season” ending early, followed immediately by flowering fruit trees opening up before the end of January.  We received only about 75% of our usual rain.  Spring was long, cool, overcast and punctuated by several windy days during flowering that badly affected fruit set.  Shatter was evident in several of the vineyards we work with; by harvest, our Chardonnay crop was off by about 40% and our Syrah by 60%.  Growing season temperatures were steady and warm – perfect for developing the complex fruit flavors we look for, as well as preserving the acidity necessary for mouth-watering wine.  Harvest began in July, our earliest harvest date on record at BELL, and we were completely finished bringing in our red grapes by the first day of October, also a record.  To quote Anthony, “Young wines look to be of excellent quality with deep color and lovely fruit aromas, and initial analysis shows no serious impacts from the series of heat waves we experienced. Overall yields are down, but it is safe to say that while we will not have the expected quantity to sell in upcoming years, the quality will be exceptional.”

Tasting Notes
Our Chardonnay grapes are estate grown on the estate Spanos Berberian Vineyard, surrounding the winery. Yountville is often wrapped in the cool fog of early morning, but it recedes quickly, giving us more sunlight and warmer daytime temperatures than the more southerly Oak Knoll and Carneros regions, closer to the bay. Our vineyard enjoys warm summer days and cool evenings, resulting in grapes with rich fruit flavors and an excellent acid balance.

Technical Analysis
Varietal                 Chardonnay (100%)
Source                  Yountville, Napa Valley
Harvest Date       September 13, 2015
Harvest Sugar     26.2 °Brix
Harvest Acid        0.70 gm/100ml
Total Acid             0.63 gm/100ml
pH                         3.73
Alcohol                 14.1%
Aging                    35% barrel & malo-lactic fermented, 35% tank fermented, 30% barrel aged (6 months in 47% new French Oak)
Bottle Date           June 2016
Production           846 six-pack cases

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