2014 Bell Sonnette, Napa Valley
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Sonnette, from the French word for "little bell", is our second proprietary wine. Selected from our very best barrels, this tiny production always highlights an aspect of each vintage that we find particularly enchanting.

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2014 Bell Sonnette, Napa Valley

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 2014 Sonnette, or “small bell” in French, is indeed small – we produce only one barrel each year.  Deeply colored, this wine represents the very best of what our cellar produced from the vintage.  The nose offers a beautiful symphony of ripe blackberries, an earthy dustiness and a Bordeaux-like minerality.  The palate is pure opulence showing the luscious dark fruit from the bouquet blended with cassis and sweet French oak spice. The finish is persistent with kirsch, vanilla, tobacco, and mineral.  This wine will develop with cellaring and offers a very pure, indulgent, Cabernet Sauvignon experience.

Technical Analysis
Varietal                Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
Appellation         Napa Valley
Harvest Date     September 27, 2014
Harvest Sugar   25.0 Brix
Harvest Acid      0.45 gm/100ml
Acid                     0.68 gm/100ml
pH                       3.59
Alcohol               13.9%
Aging                  20 Months, 100% French Oak, 100% new
Bottle Date        June 2016
Production        20 cases

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