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Bell Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Napa Valley, California) - Connoisseurs' Guide [90]
Bell Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Napa Valley, California) - Connoisseurs' Guide [90]


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Winery: Bell Wine Cellars
Varietal: Cab Sauv 82%, PetitVerdot 7%, Malbec 4%, Merlot 4%
Region: Napa Valley, California
Vintage: 2007
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: BELLCAB07-W

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The Wine

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 subappellations within the region, Anthony has created a wine that builds upon the unique terroir of Napa Valley.  Our 2007 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (82%) (28% Clone 4, 23% Clone 337, 21% Clone 6, and 10% Clone 7), Petit Verdot (7%), Merlot (4%), Malbec (4%), and Cabernet franc (3%) from vineyards in Carneros, Rutherford, Oakville, and Yountville. The wine was aged in a combination of French (84%) and American (16%) oak barrels, of which 56% were new barrels, for 22 months. The wine was not fined and received a screen 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 different Cabernet 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 midvalley fruit and supple tannins and “Rutherford Dust” earth flavors. The Petit Verdot adds depth to the color and a tannic richness, while the Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet franc bring softness, acidity 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.

Technical Analysis
Varietal:    Cabernet Sauvignon (82%)
 Petit Verdot (7%)
 Malbec (4%), Merlot (4%)
 Cabernet franc (3%)
Appellation:    Napa Valley
Total Acid 0.60 gm/100ml
pH 3.72
Alcohol 14.8%
Aging 22 months in 84% French 16% American Oak, 56% new
Bottle Date July 2009
Production 1,715 cases

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine:
"Here is another nicely crafted wine from Bell. Its curranty, briary varietal aromas are met by enriching notes of roasted vanilla and a bare whiff of green olive and are followed on the palate by a full-bodied, fairly supple wine with attractive flavors that echo all that has gone before. Tannin tightens the wine towards the back and asks a half decade of cellaring." (August 2010)

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2006 vintage):

"This young, vigorous Cabernet is full of ripe, upfront fruity flavors, yet it’s dry and complex, and is grounded by a pleasing tug of herbaceousness. Most notable is the rich blackberry, raspberry and currant fruit, and the way the sweet, smoky oak complements it. Drink now for freshness."  - S.H.  (11/1/2010)

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