2016 Bell Cabernet sauvignon, Napa Valley | Item No. 2347
2016 Bell Cabernet sauvignon, Napa Valley | Item No. 2347
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2016 Bell Cabernet sauvignon, Napa Valley | Item No. 23472016 Bell Cabernet sauvignon, Napa Valley | Item No. 2347

2016 Bell Cabernet sauvignon, Napa Valley
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Classic in style, our Napa Cabernet is layered with ripe fruit, sweet oak, vanilla and supple tannins.

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2016 Bell Cabernet sauvignon, Napa Valley

The Wine
Our Napa Valley Cabernet sauvignon is a blend created from select vineyards and appellations within the renowned Napa Valley. Drawing on his experience with Cabernet sauvignon and his time in Bordeaux, Anthony has created a wine that respects this historic blended wine style, utilizing fruit from the unique appellations of Napa Valley.  Our 2016 vintage is a blend of Cabernet sauvignon (93%), Malbec (3%), Petit Verdot (3%), and Cabernet Franc (1%).  The wine was aged in French oak barrels, of which 45% were new, for 19 months. The wine was not fined and received a gentle filtration prior to bottling.  

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 Bell Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is classically styled and elegantly presented from bouquet to finish. A beautiful garnet color in the glass. Bordeaux qualities reminisce at first swirl which already invites food into the equation. The entry is lean yet muscular on the palate with a silky tannin structure. Packed with flavors such as cranberry, rhubarb, dried fruit, spices and sweet tobacco. The finish is long and satisfying with finesse and purity, perfect to bring to your local French bistro. 

Technical Analysis
Varietal       Cabernet sauvignon (93%), Malbec (3%),
    Petit Verdot (3%), Cabernet Franc (1%)
Appellation      Napa Valley
Harvest Date    September 19 - October 9, 2016
Harvest Sugar    24.8 Brix
Harvest Acid    0.49 gm/100ml 
Total Acid    0.65 gm/100ml
pH    3.75
Alcohol    14.7%
Aging        19 months, 100% French Oak, 45% New
Bottle Date    June 2018
Production    1,061 cases

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