The 2012 vintage has more intense concentration than in previous vintages with a deep plum color core and hot magenta on the rim. It is pure excitement for your senses.
Best of Class - 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
90pts Robert Parker’s - The Wine Advocate
RELEASING TO CLUB IN SEPTEMBER
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.
Kate’s and B’s is named after Founder Chris James’ wife, Bradley, and Winemaker Ames Morison’s wife, Kate. The blocks where the fruit is sourced are reflective of classic Bordeaux territory – high-density vine spacing, gravely clay soils, tiny yields of small inky-black berries, and a thoughtful clonal selection matched by a rigorous farming regime.
Stylistically, Kate’s & B’s is reminiscent of a Château Margaux or Château Palmer. Rich, voluptuous without being too big and ponderous. The 2012 vintage has more intense concentration than in previous vintages with a deep plum color core and hot magenta on the rim. It is pure excitement for your senses. On the nose, the first aromatics are coffee mocha, toasted mushrooms, and smoked meats. The wine then flows into flavors of freshly-picked blueberry, dark plum, cassis, warm cloves, dark baking chocolate, and espresso beans. The Malbec, from a tiny half-acre block, brings opulent plushness in texture and a blackberry pie flavor. The Petit Verdot gives some color to the wine and spice.
There is good acidity and a firm backbone wrapped into ripe and velvety tannins. French oak barrel aging for 19 months with nearly a 50/50 spilt of new and neutral barrels provided additional depth and roundness. The finish is long and brooding. Exceptionally vibrant, intense, and compact, this wine will continue to develop bottle complexity for a solid ten years.
2012 was an exceptional vintage, particularly following the challenges Mother Nature threw at us in 2010 and 2011. Consistently warm, stable weather patterns throughout the growing season put minimal pressure on the vines and resulted in well-balanced flavor across our vineyard blocks. Warm temperatures lingered through September and allowed our grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. With virtually no damage done by heat spikes, rain, or frost, we harvested a crop of near-perfect, ripe fruit with beautiful color, intense aromatics, and excellent varietal character.