2014 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 7
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One of our signature clonal wines, this 100% Cabernet sauvignon is a study in singularity. Richly textured and delectably spicy, our Clone 7 features luscious Napa fruit, grown on a vine that's known as a "workhorse" in California .

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2014 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 7

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

The color is a warm garnet red, reminiscent of velvet in the sun.  When swirled in the glass, fine tears form quickly, and aromas of black raspberry and plum waft from the glass.  Within moments, a halo of olive, dried earth and vanilla begins to fill the nose, very appealing.  The palate opens with a fruit core of Bing cherry laced with caramel, and the refined and smooth tannins make this wine very approachable.  Graceful and sophisticated, this wine doesn’t command attention, but richly rewards it instead.

Techical Analysis  

Varietal

Cabernet sauvignon, 100% Clone 7
Source Cantervury Vineyard, Sierra Foothills
Harvest Date September 25 – October 1, 2014
Harvest Sugar 25.1 Brix
Harvest Acid 0.33 gm/100ml
Total Acid 0.65 gm/100ml
pH 3.58
Alcohol 14.5%
Asing 20 months in 100% French oak; 50% new
Bottle Date June 2016
Production 50 cases

 

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