2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 7
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2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 7
2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 7
2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 7
2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 7
2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 7
2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 7

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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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.

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 (75% new) for 18 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
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
A modern classic Napa Valley Cabernet. When swirled in the glass, the texture appears as liquid velvet and juicy Napa Cabernet aromas leap from the glass. A lavender & eucalyptus bouquet frames the rich red fruits. 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 9 – October 16, 2016
Harvest Sugar    28.4° Brix
Harvest Acid    0.67 gm/100ml
Total Acid    0.56 gm/100ml
pH    3.86
Alcohol    14.8%
Aging    18 months in 100% French Oak, 75% New
Bottle Date    June 18, 2018
Production    232 cases