2014 Bell Cabernet franc, Napa Valley
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Grown on the Friedman Vineyard in east Napa, this small one-third acre family plot sits on gravelly loam soil and is vertically trellised. The varietal has a long history in Bordeaux, often blended for it's finesse and peppery perfume.

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2014 Bell Cabernet franc, 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 Cabernet franc shows off a beautiful bouquet of crushed red raspberry, clove, and bittersweet chocolate. The palate is lush and round, with a beautiful complexity of flavors including peppery spice and sweet juicy plum. The refreshing acidity is derived from the cool Coombsville AVA, complementing the soft tannins and lush texture. The finish lingers long and notes of chocolate covered espresso bean and cherry evolve into a beautiful example of Napa Valley Cabernet Franc.

Technical Analysis
Varietal              Cabernet franc (95%), Cabernet sauvignon (5%)
Appellation       Coombsville, Napa Valley
Harvest Date    September 13-October 4, 2014
Harvest Sugar  24.9 Brix
Harvest Acid     0.44 gm/100ml
Total Acid          0.67 gm/100ml
pH                      3.46
Alcohol              14.6%
Aging                 20 months in 50% French Oak, 50% American Oak, 67% New
Bottle Date       June 2016
Production       696 bottles

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