Bell Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003
Vineyards Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend created 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 2003 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (85%), Petite verdot (7%), Cabernet franc (5%) and Merlot (3%), from vineyards in Carneros, Rutherford, Oakville, and Yountville. The wine is a blend of four different Cabernet clones Clones 4, 6, 7 and 337. Vinification The wine was aged in a combination of French (81%) and American (19%) oak barrels, of which 62% were new barrels, for 18 months. The wine was not fined and received one rough filtration prior to bottling. Tasting Notes Our Cabernet sauvignon, deep ruby in color, has rich, ripe cherry, cassis and blackberry fruit aromas. Soft tannins and sweet oak combine with a gentle hint of pepper and spice to yield a full-bodied wine with excellent balance and a long lingering finish. The four different Caberent clones give the wine a multi-layered dimension to the palate. The long growing season at the Truchard Vineyard in the cool Carneros district yields grapes with deep color and great natural acidity. The Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard on the Conn Creek alluvial fan adjacent to Caymus in Rutherford delivers classic mid-valley fruit and supple tannins and "Rutherford Dust" earth flavors. The Petit verdot adds depth to the color and a tannic richness, while the Merlot and Cabernet franc bring softness and fruit respectively. Crafted in a rich, concentrated European style, this wine pairs well with flavorful, full-bodied meals, and will develop a harmonious smoothness with age. Excellent today, the wine will also reward those with the patience to cellar it.
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