, Alexander Valley
Red , Red Blend
The newest vintage of our popular blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.This wine is so good it is hard to keep around, but it will reward the careful connoisseur as it ages gracefully for another 5 - 7 years. Best to stock enough to make sure you have some for now, some to share, and some for later.
This vintage is a full 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc, as our one small block of Cabernet Franc reached maturity in 2007 and the resulting wine proved to be a perfect addition to this blend.
We keep all of our individual blocks and sub-blocks of vineyard separate in the cellar to retain as much character of each micro-parcel as possible. When preparing this blend, we select some of our best barrels representing every distinct spot in our vineyard. This gives us a chance to show off the way in which many different elements from the same vineyard combine to make a harmonious Bell Mountain Ranch blend. Black fruits, spice, cocoa and fine tannins fill this wine.