2018 Bell Chardonnay, Yountville
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2018 Bell Chardonnay, Yountville
2018 Bell Chardonnay, Yountville

Our replanted Estate vineyard, which includes two highly-touted Dijon clones of Chardonnay, is at full production. Our Chardonnay now carries the Estate Bottled designation and is a lovely blend of these two clones.

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The Wine
Our Chardonnay grapes are grown on the estate Spanos Berberian Vineyard surrounding the winery, and blended with other select vineyards in the Yountville and Oak Knoll AVA. The estate vineyard enjoys warm summer days and cool evenings, resulting in grapes with rich fruit flavors and an excellent acid balance.
The grapes were gently crushed directly into press, settled, racked, inoculated and fermented in their respective vessels. We fermented 40% of the wine in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness and varietal character. We then chose to rack 60% of the wine into French oak barrels, 33% new oak, to ferment and go through partial malo-lactic fermentation to achieve a wonderful oak integration and develop volume and textural component. When all the separate wines are finished, the blending then takes place. We carefully select from the finished lots and blend them together to have total control, and to achieve the perfect balance of oak character but still keep the varietal character fresh, clean and vibrant.
Vintage Notes
2018 was a seamless season of heavenly hang time and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20%-30% increase over average crop quantity.
Tasting Notes
The 2018 Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay reveals notes of creme brulee, poached pear and quince paste adorned by delicate notes of honeysuckle and toasted brioche. The palate is rich with ripe stone fruit flavors, lemon curd, and biscuit that meld into a lengthy finish creating a classic richness with a balanced acidity.
Technical Analysis
Varietal Chardonnay (100%)
Source Napa Valley
Total Acid 0.63 gm/100ml
pH 3.64
Alcohol 14.1%
Aging 60% barrel & partial malo-lactic fermented, 40% stainless steel tank fermented, barrel aged 8 months in 33% new French oak.
Bottle Date June 2019
Production 612 cases