2015 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 6 | Item No. 2268
2015 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 6 | Item No. 2268
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2015 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 6 | Item No. 22682015 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 6 | Item No. 2268

2015 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 6
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Our signature wine, this 100% Cabernet sauvignon is a study in singularity. Elegant and refined, our Clone 6 features luscious Napa fruit, grown on a vine that clearly has roots reaching back to Bordeaux.

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2015 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 6

Vineyard
The grapes for this wine are sourced from the historic BV#3, now called Georges III and located adjacent to Caymus, off the Silverado Trail in the renowned Rutherford sub-appellation of the Napa Valley. It was originally planted by Georges de Latour of Beaulieu Vineyard in 1928 and replanted by Andy Beckstoffer, commencing in 1991.  Following his work identifying the differences between various Cabernet sauvignon clones, Anthony Bell spent many hours in this vineyard, introducing Clone 6 from budwood taken off BV’s block 4, where he conducted the clonal trials in 1980. Those vines are among the oldest in the Valley, and are planted in gravelly loam soils.

Vinification
The grapes are hand-harvested and gently crushed to retain 40% whole berries.  Color extraction is accomplished via gentle cap irrigations. The grapes were drained and pressed at dryness. The free-run and press wines were kept separate.  Following fermentation the wine went through malo-lactic fermentation in barrel.  The wine was aged in 100% French barrels, 100% new, for 19 months and was racked several times during aging 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 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.”

Tasting Notes
Cabernet sauvignon, Clone 6, our flagship wine, is a plant brought to California in the mid 1800's, pre-phylloxera.  The 2015 vintage is an amazing wine in every sense. In the glass, dark, opaque garnet color with a nose of blackberry, granite, forest floor, earthy white pepper, and worn leather. The palate enters as liquid velvet then energizes with a sensational level of acidity.  Pure and focused fruits of red currants and red raspberry lead, and plum compote intermingle with cedar, sweet tobacco and iron. The finish is incredibly long, more than a minute, with a display of kirsch liqueur, sweet oak spice, and licorice. An incredible powerhouse of a wine with a delicate, precise delivery. 

Technical Analysis    
Varietal       Cabernet sauvignon, 100%, Clone 6
Source      Beckstoffer Georges III Vyd, Rutherford 
Harvest Date    September 17 - 28, 2015
Harvest Sugar    27.6 Brix
Harvest Acid    0.5 gm/100ml
Total Acid    0.74 gm/100ml
pH         3.68
Alcohol    14.29
Aging    19 months in 100% French Oak, 100% new
Bottle Date    June 2017
Production    375 cases

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