2017 Bell, The Scoundrel, Red Blend
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2017 Bell, The Scoundrel, Red Blend
2017 Bell, The Scoundrel, Red Blend

A lovely blend of Cabernet sauvignon and Syrah fruit aromas leap from the glass, preparing one for the delightfully soft and juicy flavors on the palate.


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What is The Scoundrel®?

The Scoundrel® is a “red blend” wine. This popular style of winemaking combines at least two varietals to create a delicious wine, full of flavor and freshness, often sold at a value price. You’ll notice that the varietal name, (such as Merlot or Cabernet sauvignon), is missing from the front label. Without a varietal name, we can leave the rules behind and simply create the most appealing glass of wine without having to use a specific percentage of any particular grape varietal. We can mix it up, and so can you! Like all BELL wines, you’ll find it impeccably balanced.  Juicy, bright fruit, and soft, sweet oak make a lovely glass of wine. It’s a perfect wine for casual dinners or barbeques out on the patio – so go ahead, have a party, and bring out The Scoundrel®


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.


Fortunately, several cooler swings of temperatures followed the extreme heat, allowing fruit to hang and continue ripening through September’s end and into October.  We carefully scheduled picking, often in the coolest hours approaching sunrise.  To cap the season, the recent October fires encircling Napa delayed the completion of harvest.  2017 will be very memorable indeed, beginning with a flood and ending in flames.


Tasting Notes

The Scoundrel® Red Blend is named after our beloved dog and, much like him, is near and dear to our hearts. The blend consists of two of our favorite "chew toys": Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Together they deliver an inviting bouquet of chocolate covered cherries, nutmeg and cinnamon. The palate is soft and fluffy with dark berries, tons of chocolate, a liquid velvet texture, and a very long and satisfying finish. This puppy, with its wonderful balance, way over delivers on price and matches almost any palate. Perfect for a variety of fare from light to heavy or just to enjoy on its own!

Technical Analysis
Varietal: 50% Syrah, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Mouvedre, 2% Grenache, 2% Merlot
Appellation: California
Total Acid: 0.64 gm/100ml pH 3.80
Alcohol: 14.7%
Bottle Date: June 2018