The wine offers plentiful aromas of blueberry and espresso. On the palate this wine is big and powerful. Wonderful now and this wine will continue to develop over the next ten years.
94pts Robert Parker's - The Wine Advocate
As we taste each individual lot of wine from the myriad of distinct blocks on our Bell Mountain Estate ranch, we discover that certain parts of the vineyard are best as components for small production blends. These micro blocks are identified and, over time and experimentation, they become part of our Small Lot Collection. These wines are 100% estate-grown, organic,and limited in their release.
A structured and muscular Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine’s name – Fifty Tons – is derived from an early experience when Founder Chris James, his father, and Winemaker Ames Morison moved 50 tons of rock by hand to restore natural terraces for the vine rows. The blocks that were harvested to create this wine are on steep hillsides making them difficult to farm, but incredibly intense in flavor, a lean, gravelly nature we love, and completely worth the extra effort.
The initial impression of this wine is one of abundance. The wine offers plentiful aromas of blueberry and cherry with a hint of toasted marshmallow and espresso. On the palate, the wine is big and powerful, with plush tannins, minerality and a long finish. Wonderful now, this wine will continue to develop over the next ten years.
Sunshine was the dominant theme for vintage 2014 with little rain throughout the growing season. Warm temperatures in late winter caused an early budbreak. Perfect weather in May (no wind or rain, plenty of sun) created ideal conditions for consistent bloom, veraison and ripening, which is what we hope for every year. A bit of rain in September suspended harvest momentarily and gave our grapes the extra time they needed on the vine to ripen fully. Harvest flew by and was completed on October 21st. Gorgeous color, concentrated flavors, and a nice range of acidity are the hallmarks for this excellent vintage.