This wine opens with beautiful and intense aromatics. A blast of chocolate, tobacco, black cherry liqueur, and intense minerality that is reflective of our estate.
91+pts Robert Parker’s -The Wine Advocate
When Chris James and Ames Morison founded the winery in 1998, they were committed to quality wine through mindful and organic farming on our Bell Mountain Estate Ranch. The 338 acre property is less than 20% planted to vine. The unique location affords us several microclimates and well-drained, gravelly-clay soil with a compacted layer of volcanic ash underneath to grow our grapes. The mountain-grown fruit in this Alexander Valley location is exceptional.
This wine opens with beautiful and intense aromatics. A blast of chocolate, tobacco, black cherry liqueur, and intense minerality that is reflective of our estate. The acid and round tannins are in good balance and give a full, lush mouthfeel. This Cabernet Sauvignon has a rollercoaster of flavors that switch from savory to spice with fruit intermixed. Flavor hits abound with deep, dark blueberry, cocoa, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut, cinnamon toast, mocha, cherry cola, and roasted meat in the background. Vintage 2012 was more about plum and red fruit. Vintage 2013 is more dark fruit, a “brambliness” that we like. The small percentage of Petit Verdot provides the accent notes to the solid Cabernet core, while the Merlot lends additional structure.
The long finish supports the fruit surrounded by oak with a hint of fresh herbs. The tannins are in perfect harmony with the wine’s structure. It is tasting well now and can be enjoyed for the next three to five years.
2013 was another banner growing season in Sonoma County and our vineyards here on Bell Mountain were no exception. The growing season started with a dry spring and provided consistent, moderate temperatures that allowed our grapes to slowly progress to optimal ripeness. Fruit quality and abundance were exceptional in 2013, and we began making wine with the very best building blocks: grapes that were evenly ripe and expressed true varietal character with balanced acidity. Although the season started slowly, it ended with a bang. Warm temperatures in August and September accelerated ripening and every last block of our vineyard was harvested by October 16th, about 3 weeks earlier than usual.