2018 Bell Syrah, Sierra Foothills
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2018 Bell Syrah, Sierra Foothills
2018 Bell Syrah, Sierra Foothills


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Tasting Notes

The 2018 Syrah is a young but approachable wine. In the glass, it displays a deep magenta core and rich crimson tones that adorn the rim. The bouquet knits dark cherry and spicy notes of grilled plum, black pepper, cinnamon and licorice. A generous mid-palate displays rich flavors of blackberry pie and cassis with hints of kirsch and tea. Supple tannins add to the experience, finishing with characteristic smoky notes intertwined with vanilla and sandalwood.

Syrah grapes were gently crushed to minimize crushing of berries and maximize fruit character. We fermented at 85°F with a Syrah yeast strain, and extracted color utilizing gentle irrigation over the skins. The wine underwent malo-lactic fermentation and was barrel aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for 11 months. The wine was not fined and received one filtration prior to bottling, then laid down in bottle prior to release.

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.

Technical Analysis
Varietal Syrah (100%)
Source Sierra Foothills
Harvest Date September 2 – September 7, 2017
Harvest Sugar 26.4 Brix
Harvest Acid 0.63 gm/100ml
Total Acid 0.68 gm/100ml
pH 3.62
Alcohol 15.3%
Aging 11 months in 52% French, 48%
American, 54% new
Bottle Date November 18, 2018
Production 13,812 bottles



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