2018 Bell Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County
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2018 Bell Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County
2018 Bell Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County

A crisp and refreshing wine with a very pale color and an elegant green tint. Crisp and lean on the palate, refreshing and enjoyable!


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Vintage Notes
Our Sauvignon blanc is grown in Lake County, located to the north of Napa Valley and away from the fog and moisture that characterize the coastal counties. The moderate elevations found in the area contribute to the favorable growing conditions. The unique variety of soils make for a geologically rich region, heavy in volcanic and mineral content, and ideal for growing grapes. The county experiences a 50-degree differential between its daytime and nighttime temperatures, producing very warm days and cool, clear nights. The area is known for producing world-class Sauvignon blanc – with lively crisp and bright fruit flavors, which are more melony than grassy and herbal. Our Sauvignon blanc is cold fermented in primarily stainless steel tanks to retain beautiful, crisp fruit flavors.
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
Our 2017 Sauvignon blanc is a crisp and refreshing wine with a very pale color and an elegant green tint. Exotic aromas of lychee, pomelo and kiwi set this Sauvignon apart from its New Zealand counterparts. The palate surprises with a soft fleshy entrance and traditional flavors of grapefruit, lime, and green apple which defines the varietal character. The zingy acidity carries along a stony minerality, making it a perfect accompaniment to shellfish, poultry, fresh fish, or just in a glass by itself.

Technical Analysis
Varietal Sauvignon blanc (100%)
Appellation Lake County
Harvest date Aug. 29 – Sep. 27, 2017
Sugar 24.4
Acid 0.62 gm/100ml
pH 3.52
Alcohol 14.3%
Aging 8% barrel fermented in 2% new French oak
Bottle Date December 11, 2017
Production 30,198 bottles