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2018 Vintage Reds

4-Bottle Collection

2018 Vintage Reds
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In 2018, we were blessed with a vintage we always dream about: abundant fruit of excellent quality. We're honoring this spectacular vintage with our 2018 Vintage Reds 4-Bottle Collection.

Featured wines:
2018 Estate Red
2018 Heritage Merlot
2018 Secret Ingredient Malbec
2018 Bell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Estate Red - 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

The alchemy and artistry of blending is something that challenges and motivates us as winemakers. Taking individual varietal components and then blending them into a seamless whole while ensuring that their characteristics are well represented. As a red blend, we are not tied to a pre-determined percentage of any one varietal. This means that we are free to create a unique blend that is delicious right out of the gate. Our goal is to create a wine that hits on all cylinders – flavor, color, texture, depth, finish, and overall impression. Of course, being blessed with the fruit from our Bell Mountain Ranch and our experienced vineyard crew (several have been with us for more than a decade) who meticulously tend the vineyard rows to ensure optimum ripeness and fruit flavor, make things more manageable. We culled several blocks from our estate’s Alexander Valley side to craft this final blend.

2018 Heritage Merlot - 92 pts, Jeb Dunnuck

Our 2018 Heritage Merlot is filled with bright mouthwatering acidity giving freshness that brings the palate to life with elegant characters of blueberry, black cherry, spiced plum, cocoa, and fresh herbs. A very structured mouthfeel offers an abundance of minerality and lushness making this a wine that can be enjoyed now but will also open over the years. Enjoy alongside the fire or together with your favorite summer grilling.

2018 Secret Ingredient - 92 pts, James Suckling

The 2018 Secret Ingredient has a lush nose of blueberry, blackberry, and clove spice. Bright tannins fill the palate that is balanced with elegant acidity and pleasing rich flavors of orange peel, mixed berry, and black cherry. A wine that will continue to evolve into something truly magnificent with patience. 

2018 Bell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 94 pts, James Suckling

The 2018 Bell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a true expression of Bell Mountain Ranch. The wine encompasses a rich profile of summer ripe berries, cigar box, chocolate-covered strawberries, and blue fruits. Hints of lavender with a touch of sea spray spring from the glass. This is a wine with an elegant but prominent palate and tingling tannins that leave you craving another sip or a juicy steak on the side.