2017 Bell Chardonnay, Yountville | Item No. 2345
2017 Bell Chardonnay, Yountville | Item No. 2345
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2017 Bell Chardonnay, Yountville | Item No. 23452017 Bell Chardonnay, Yountville | Item No. 2345

2017 Bell Chardonnay, Yountville
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Our replanted Estate vineyard, which includes two highly-touted Dijon clones of Chardonnay, is at full production. Our Chardonnay now carries the Estate Bottled designation and is a lovely blend of these two clones.

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2017 Bell Chardonnay, Yountville

The Wine
Our Chardonnay grapes are estate grown on the estate Spanos Berberian Vineyard, surrounding the winery, and blended with other select vineyards in the Yountville AVA. The estate vineyard enjoys warm summer days and cool evenings, resulting in grapes with rich fruit flavors and an excellent acid balance.

Vinification
Grapes were gently crushed directly to press, settled, racked, inoculated and fermented in their respective vessels. We fermented 39% of the wine in stainless steel tank to preserve freshness and varietal character. We then chose to send 41% of the wine into French oak barrels to ferment and go through malo-lactic fermentation to achieve a wonderful oak integration and a more viscous textural component. The remaining wine was barrel aged in 33% new French Oak. When all the respective wines are finished, the blending then takes place. We carefully select from the finished lots and blend them together to have total control and to achieve the perfect balance of oak character and still keep the varietal character fresh, clean and vibrant. 

Vintage Notes
If you’re going to dance with Mother Nature, remember she always leads. – a wise Napa Grape Grower
2017 brought drenching rains, easing drought concerns throughout northern California.  Yountville got over twice as much rain than 2016, totaling over 50 inches; it was the third wettest rainy season in 100 years.  We waded out ahead of rising flood waters on February 7th.  Spring was wet and cold, slowing bud-break to mid-March.
Following a slow-growth pattern of spring, June surprised us with hail, then turned up the heat - temps hovered in the 90s as the first of many sustained heat spells.  In the damp, soft soils of our vineyard, grass and weeds grew before our eyes, and we moved into a very hot July and August with extremely vigorous vine growth producing big, leafy canopies.  Twice as many hours of temperatures above 100 degrees wilted us in both months.  Some growers felt these early waves acclimated the vines for the blazing days of September’s record heat - 115 was recorded in Rutherford.  Many invested in shade cloth, the only thing protecting delicate fruit from afternoon heat scorch.

Tasting Notes
A beautifully complex handcrafted Chardonnay from the Yountville AVA. Exotic tropical aromas such as banana, lychee, & pineapple integrate beautifully with the French oak nuances such as nutmeg and buttercream. The palate soft & smooth yet still vibrant with acidity. Perfectly ripened apples and pears shine through with a nice nutty characteristic.  Medium bodied with perfect acidity makes it easy to pair with dishes such as Pork Milanese, Chicken Piccata or Duck Confit.


Technical Analysis
Varietal       Chardonnay (100%)
Source        Napa Valley
Total Acid    0.61 gm/100ml
pH        3.74
Alcohol        13.3%
Aging    41% barrel & malo-lactic fermented, 39% stainless steel tank fermented, the remaining 20% of the wine was barrel aged 8 months in 33% new French oak.
Bottle Date    June 2018
Production    4,426 bottles

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