This wine begins with warm, inviting aromas of blueberry and blackberry, surrounded by a hint of lavender, blood orange, and cedar.
92pts 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 for the combination of blue and red fruit flavors.
On the palate the wine is big, but not overbearing in oak or tannin; the big solid structure has rounded edges of soft chewy tannin for a wine this young. Flavors of deep, dark blueberry, blackberry, and black raspberry give it a wild “brambliness” that we like and the intense minerality is reflective of our estate. The finish leaves a lasting impression of sweet, toasty oak. Delicious now, this wine will also age beautifully and continue to improve over the next 10 years.
2014 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 2014, 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.