2016 Bell Syrah, Sierra Foothills
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2016 Bell Syrah, Sierra Foothills

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
The 2016 vintage opens up with a dark brambly fruit compote, inviting sarsaparilla, and wonderful baking spices. The wine expands softly across the palate and the dark fruit flavors dominate the mid palate. The finish is long and lingering, a Bell signature trait of quality. 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 bbq ribs, beef brisket all the way to being the star ingredient in beef bourguignon.

Techical Analysis  

Varietal

Syrah
Source Sierra Foothills
Harvest Date August 30 – September 13, 2016
Harvest Sugar 26.3 Brix
Harvest Acid 0.42 gm/100ml
Total Acid 0.61 gm/100ml
pH 3.69
Alcohol 14.6%
Aging 11 months in 52% French, 48% American, 54% new
Bottle Date December 11, 2017
Production 17,916 bottles

 

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