2015 Bell Red Blend, California | Item No. 2233
2015 Bell Red Blend, California | Item No. 2233
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2015 Bell Red Blend, California
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A blend of Cabernet sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel, lovely fruit aromas leap from the glass, preparing one for the delightfully soft and juicy flavors on the palate.

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2015 Bell Red Blend, California

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 Bell Red Blend is a bright, clear ruby red.  Lovely notes of chocolate covered cherries, sweet, soft oak and mulling spice float on the nose. The wine is a blend of Cabernet sauvignon and Syrah, plus a little dash of Zinfandel adding its spicy charm and rounding out the palate.  Ripe red fruit aromas leap from the glass, preparing you for the delightfully soft and juicy flavors on the palate.  Classic Bell balanced acidity and plush tannins carry the rich flavors gently across the palate.  Nicely polished structure with a lingering finish that prompts another sip.  This elegant wine pairs beautifully with grilled feasts – spare ribs, pork tenderloins, burgers and vegetables.  Enjoy with your best friends!

Technical Analysis
Varietal           Syrah (43%), Cabernet sauvignon (42%), Zinfandel (11%), Petit verdot (2%), Malbec (2%)
Appellation    California (100%)
Total Acid       0.69 gm/100ml
pH                   3.71
Alcohol           14.8%
Bottle Date    September 2016

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