2015 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 7
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One of our signature clonal wines, this 100% Cabernet sauvignon is a study in singularity. Richly textured and delectably spicy, our Clone 7 features luscious Napa fruit, grown on a vine that's known as a "workhorse" in California .

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2015 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 7

Vineyard
Honoring Anthony’s work identifying the differences between various Cabernet sauvignon clones, we produce this Clone 7, known now as the Concannon clone, a long-time workhorse of California Cabernet production. This clone has been known to produce as much as 12 tons per acre in Napa, although it generally produces between 6 – 8 tons per acre.  Originally sourced from the Montpellier Nursery in France by James Concannon (founder of Concannon Vineyard, Livermore, CA) in 1893 during California’s first phylloxera blight, this clone displays good fruit strength, some herbal character and good yields.

Vinification
The grapes are hand-harvested and gently crushed to retain 40% whole berries. The free-run and press wines were kept separate; the resulting bottled wine is almost entirely from free-run juice. Following fermentation the wine went through malo-lactic fermentation in barrel. The wine was aged in 100% French oak (56% new) for 20 months and racked several times to naturally clarify the wine and soften the tannins. With no filtration or fining, the wine was laid down in bottle prior to release.

Vintage Notes
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 week 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.”

Tasting Notes

A modern classic Napa Valley Cabernet. When swirled in the glass, the texture appears as liquid velvet and Napa Cabernet aromas leap from the glass. Cherry cola, anise, deliciously ripened red fruits and hints of spiced potpourri. The palate is as smooth as it looks. Very soft tannins integrate well into the wine creating a luscious young wine with a bottle aged approachability. Elegant and sophisticated, this wine doesn’t need an introduction. It is just a timeless classic that deserves a fine meal.

Technical Analysis    
Varietal       Cabernet sauvignon, 100% Clone 7
Harvest Date    September 8–15, 2015
Harvest Sugar    27.5° Brix
Harvest Acid    0.47 gm/100ml
Total Acid    0.64 gm/100ml
pH    3.76
Alcohol    15.1%
Aging    20 months in 100% French Oak, 56% New
Bottle Date    June 1, 2017
Production    2,400 bottles

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