2014 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Reserve
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Classic in style, our Napa Cabernet, Reserve is well structured and layered with plush fruit, sweet notes of vanilla and oak, and seamlessly integrated tannins.

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2014 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Reserve

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 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is our finest Bordeaux blend, hand selected from our best barrel lots.  The wine opens up with delightful Cabernet aromas of cassis and wild blackberry.  Mocha, sweet vanilla, tobacco, and blackberry compote fill out the rich, flavorful palate. The wine’s layers of complexity reflect the diversity of Napa Valley’s many microclimates, from intensely flavored mountain fruit to the supple finesse of Rutherford’s valley floor.  The finish is long and lingering with a beautiful balance. Crafted in a rich, concentrated European style, this wine pairs well with flavorful, full-bodied meals, and will reward those with the patience to cellar it.

Technical Analysis
Varietal               Cabernet Sauvignon (87%), Cabernet franc (4%), Merlot (3%), Petit verdot (3%), Malbec (3%)
Appellation        Napa Valley
Harvest Date     Sept. 13 - Oct. 6, 2014
Harvest Sugar  24.4 Brix
Harvest Acid     0.41 gm/100ml
Total Acid          0. 67gm/100ml
pH                      3.52
Alcohol              14.2%
Aging                 19 months in 91% French Oak, 9% American Oak, 54% New
Bottle Date       June 2016
Production        960 six-pack cases

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