2016 Bell Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County
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A crisp and refreshing wine with a very pale color and an elegant green tint. Crisp and lean on the palate, refreshing and enjoyable!

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2016 Bell Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County

Vintage Notes
2016 began following four continuous years of drought.  Thankfully, over 16 combined inches of rain in January and March eased those worries and the growing season began with bud break 5-10 days early.  With a full soil moisture profile provided by continuing light rains in early spring and no major heat events, fairly even shoot growth was seen throughout the valley.  No significant frost damage occurred, boosting everyone’s hopes for a normal crop load after the dismal harvest size of 2015.  Like bud break, harvest began a little early, but it wasn’t as rushed as the previous year.  During harvest, three significant heat spikes brought temperatures briefly into the high 90s before dropping back to the normal range.  With each dehydrating heat spike, the ability to determine optimal ripeness became a puzzle.  Appearances were deceiving; great patience and continued fruit sampling were key in delivering quality grapes.  Tannins seemed supple and well-integrated very early on.  Small clusters were filled with small berries, which promise intense color and flavors.

Tasting Notes
Our 2016 sauvignon blanc is a crisp and refreshing wine with a very pale color and an elegant green tint. Inviting tropical notes such as pineapple, melon and mango fill the glass with a beautiful bouquet. The palate surprises with a more traditional pink grapefruit citrus that defines the varietal character.  Crisp and lean, we find a multi-dimensional sauvignon blanc that shows layers of citrus peel, melon, pineapple and a hint of lemongrass. The acidity is energizing but doesn’t overpower, making it a perfect accompaniment to shellfish, poultry, fresh fish, or just in a glass by itself!

Technical Analysis
Varietal              Sauvignon blanc (100%)
Appellation       Lake County
Harvest date    Aug. 29 – Sep. 27, 2016
Sugar                24.6
Acid                   0.82 gm/100ml
pH                      3.28
Alcohol             14.2%
Aging                7% Barrel fermented in 2% new French oak
Bottle Date       December 5, 2016
Production       1, 662 cases

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