2014 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 337
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One of our signature clonal wines, this 100% Cabernet sauvignon is a study in singularity. Feminine and perfumed, our Clone 337 features luscious Napa fruit, grown on a vine recently developed in Bordeaux .

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2014 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 337

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
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

Cabernet sauvignon, Clone 337, was smuggled to Napa in the 1980’s by an enterprising vintner, impatient with USDA quarantine restrictions. This clonal selection is revered among California cult cabernets producers for its low yielding vines; the resulting wine often features a voluptuous structure that is almost feminine within the world of Cabernet, with tantalizing perfume and depth of flavor. Purity of red and black fruits dominate the palate, framed with floral notes and ashy, dry earth. The silky palate invites another sip, teasing with its beguiling fruit component front and center, supported by graceful acidity.  This vintage shows excellent aging potential and promises to reward patience.

Technical Analysis
Varietal                Cabernet sauvignon, 100% Clone 337
Source                Georges III Vyd, Rutherford
Harvest Date     September 22, 2014
Harvest Sugar   26.6 Brix
Harvest Acid       0.45 gm/100ml
Total Acid            0.64 gm/100ml
pH                        3.55
Alcohol                14.6%
Aging                   20 months in 86% French Oak, 14% American, 63% new
Bottle Date         June 2016
Production         200 cases

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