2015 Bell Cabernet sauvignon, Varozza 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.”
Very dark precise fruit, chestnut, dried cherry, a bouquet that suggests gravitas and opulence. The palate delivers a most grand entrance revealing Bell classic elegance. Dense black fruits dominate while dark cocoa, dried flowers and sweet oak integrate nicely. Leather, oak and a hint of char linger on the finish. The Varozza vineyard is a very exciting addition to our single vineyard Cabernet sauvignon portfolio, showcasing St. Helena at its best.
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
Source Varozza Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley
Harvest Date September 9 - 12, 2015
Harvest Sugar 29.0 Brix
Harvest Acid 0.47 gm/100ml
Total Acid 0.61 gm/100ml
Aging 20 months in 100% French Oak, 60% New
Bottle Date June 2017
Production 200 cases
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