2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Reserve
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2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Reserve
2016 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Reserve

Our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is our finest Bordeaux blend of each vintage, hand selected from our best barrel lots.

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The Wine
Our Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet sauvignon is blended from superior barrels of wine from select vineyards and appellations within the renowned Napa Valley.  Drawing on his experience with Cabernet sauvignon clones and his intimate knowledge of sub-appellations within the region, Anthony has created a wine that builds upon the unique terroir of Napa Valley.  Our 2016 vintage is a blend of vineyards located in the Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Yountville, Oakville, Coombsville and Mount Veeder appellations.


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.

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

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.

Technical Analysis

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

pH                          3.86

Alcohol                  14.9%

Aging                      17 months in 100% French Oak, 53% New

Bottle Date           April 2018

Production            1600 six-pack cases