2014 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Mancini Vineyard, Calistoga, Napa Valley
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2014 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Mancini Vineyard
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.
Deep in color, this Calistoga vineyard showcases its volcanic soil with an earthy quality on the nose, along with dark fruit scents laced with sweet spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. Those dark fruits carry onto the palate, bursting with ripe black currant and black cherry flavors – a classic Napa Valley Cabernet. Lush and round, the tannins are nicely integrated, and well balanced by the energetic acidity. With a long and savory finish, this wine will definitely reward those with the patience to age it for several years.
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
Source Mancini Family Vineyards, Calistoga, Napa Valley
Harvest Date September 26, 2014
Harvest Sugar 23.2 Brix
Harvest Acid 0.45 gm/100ml
Total Acid 0.66 gm/100ml
Aging 20 months in 100% French Oak, 100% New
Bottle Date June 2016
Production 25 cases
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