2014 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 4
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This 100% cabernet sauvignon is exclusively made from the Clone 4 grape. Rich and bold in flavor and intensity this one definitely has roots reaching back to Argentina.

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2014 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 4

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

In the glass, this wine is almost opaque, rich, dark and deep in color. Black and blue fruits dominate the nose, dried flowers and baking spices counterpoint an intriguing smoked meat characteristic. The wine shows a strong structure with ripe tannins and a broad, insistent palate. Blackberry and cassis, baking chocolate and granite evolve and linger long. Beautiful, showy, and completely representative of the rewarding vintage.

Technical Analysis
Varietal               Cabernet sauvignon, 100%, Clone 4
Source                Beckstoffer Georges III Vyd, Rutherford
Harvest Date     September 18 – October 1, 2014
Harvest Sugar    26.9 Brix
Harvest Acid       0.41 gm/100ml
Total Acid            0.62 gm/100ml
pH                        3.47
Alcohol                14.9%
Aging                   20 months, 100% French Oak, 50% new
Bottle Date         June 2016
Production         50 cases

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