2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Reserve 1.5L
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2016 Bell Cabernet S., Napa Valley, Reserve 1.5L
Our Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet sauvignon is blended from superior barrels of wine from select vineyards and appellations within the renowned
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 and was then blended. The blended wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels for 17 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.
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.
Our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is our finest Bordeaux blend of each vintage, hand selected from our best barrel lots. The wine opens with delightful Cabernet aromas of deep black berries and smoked meaty characteristics. Dark fruits, dark chocolate, granite, currant and black licorice fill out the soft & sumptuous palate. The acid just brings it all to life and the finish lingers long with more flavor development. Intensely flavored, the layers of complexity are derived from the combination of several different vineyard sources among eight sub-appellations we harvest from throughout Napa Valley, from Calistoga to Coombsville. With Anthony’s trademark of exquisite balance, the finish is smooth and lingering, with seamlessly integrated tannins. Crafted in a rich, concentrated European style, this wine pairs well with flavorful, full-bodied meals, and will reward those with the patience to cellar it.
Varietal Cabernet sauvignon (93%), Petit Verdot (4%), Malbec (3%)
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Date September19 - October 11, 2016
Harvest Sugar 28.2 Brix
Harvest Acid 0.45 gm/100ml
Total Acid 0.63 gm/100ml
Aging 17 months in 100% French Oak, 53% New
Bottle Date April 2018
Production 72 bottles
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