2015 Bell Syrah, Block 6, Canterbury Vineyard, Sierra Foothills
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2015 Bell Syrah, Block 6, Canterbury Vineyard
Yet another year of drought conditions began with our “rainy season” ending early, followed immediately by flowering fruit trees opening up before the end of January. We received only about 75% of our usual rain. Spring was long, cool, overcast and punctuated by several windy days during flowering that badly affected fruit set. Shatter was evident in several of the vineyards we work with; by harvest, our Chardonnay crop was off by about 40% and our Syrah by 60%. Growing season temperatures were steady and warm – perfect for developing the complex fruit flavors we look for, as well as preserving the acidity necessary for mouth-watering wine. Harvest began in July, our earliest harvest date on record at BELL, and we were completely finished bringing in our red grapes by the first day of October, also a record. To quote Anthony, “Young wines look to be of excellent quality with deep color and lovely fruit aromas, and initial analysis shows no serious impacts from the series of heat waves we experienced. Overall yields are down, but it is safe to say that while we will not have the expected quantity to sell in upcoming years, the quality will be exceptional.”
The 2015 vintage opens with a dried floral, potpourri bouquet with a dark fruit center. The complex aromas entice a sip that delivers a deeply flavored wine with layers of sweet spice wrapped in a velvety texture. A juicy and supple delight on the palate, it begs for another taste. A food pairing extravaganza can be had with this Syrah. It holds true to its Rhone valley heritage, and generously pairs with a wide variety of rich, bold flavors, from gorgonzola to dry rubbed meats.
|Source||Cantervury Vineyard, Sierra Foothills|
|Harvest Date||August 26, 2015|
|Harvest Sugar||28.2 Brix|
|Harvest Acid||0.55 gm/100ml|
|Total Acid||0.65 gm/100ml|
|Asing||12 months in 50% French oak, 50% American; 50% new|
|Bottle Date||December 12, 2016|
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