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Bell "Big Guy" Red Wine 2008 (California)
Bell "Big Guy" Red Wine 2008 (California)


 
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Retail Price: $20.00
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Winery: Bell Wine Cellars
Varietal: Syrah 50%, Merlot 30%, Malbec 10%, Petite sirah 6%
Region: California
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: BELLBIGGUYRED08-W

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The Wine

“The best thing about a man is his dog.” – French proverb.
Winemaking goes to the dogs!
 
After many years of faithfully welcoming guests to the winery, Ty (our Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier whom Anthony calls “Big Guy”) shares his own favorite wine for those lovely BBQ dinners he so enjoys.  Our Big Guy Red blend pairs beautifully with spare ribs, pork tenderloins, burgers, rib eyes – you get the idea!  Don’t forget to share a tidbit with your faithful friend, and ENJOY!

Our Big Guy Red Wine is a blend from select lots drawn from California appellations.  Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec are blended with Syrah, a Rhone varietal. These lots display lively fruit aromas and flavors.   Enjoyable while young, the tannin structures will allow the wine to develop gracefully for several years.

Tasting Notes

The 2008 Big Guy blend is strongly influenced by Syrah from the Canterbury Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills.  This vineyard yields grapes with ripe, luscious, sunny fruit flavors and a delicious mouthfeel.  The soft tannins and bright fruit of Merlot, grown in Yountville, along with other Bordeaux varietals are blended with the Syrah to create a wine with lively fruit aromas, rich, ripe fruit flavors on the palate and soft, supple tannins on the persistent finish. This wine is approachable at an earlier age, while still having a structure that will allow the wine to develop for several years.  A medium-bodied wine, with rich, complex flavors of fruit and toasty oak integrated with firm tannins, this delicious wine is a delightful accompaniment to any occasion.

Technical Analysis
Varietal:    Syrah (50%), Merlot (30%), Malbec (10%), Petite sirah (6%), Cabernet sauvignon (2%), Petit Verdot (2%), Source:    Napa Valley and Sierra Foothills 
Alcohol:  14.1%
Bottle Date: December 2010
Production: 1,458 cases


Ratings & Reviews

Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2007 vintage):
"Just shows you don’t need a super high score to have a super drinkable wine with steak, pork, veal, chicken, or just a simple burger. Blended from Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec, all of them great varieties, the wine is dry, sophisticated and rich in berry and currant flavors."  - S.H.  (12/15/2010)


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