2021 Bell Mountain Red
The 2021 Bell Mountain Red is a vibrant and youthful wine, showcasing a beautiful ruby-red color and a lush, velvety texture. The aroma is a delightful mix of cranberry, raspberry, and red cherry, evoking the essence of a sun-kissed berry orchard. On the palate, these fruit flavors harmonize gracefully with soft tannins and a robust acidity, creating a well-balanced symphony. Sweet spices like cinnamon and nutmeg add warmth, while a burst of blueberries contributes a juicy and slightly tart element. A versatile wine that can be enjoyed on its own or alongside grilled salmon, roasted chicken, and grilled meats.
The 2021 vintage is one to remember. Vines enjoyed mild and ideal ripening weather throughout the summer and fall with very few days of intense heat spikes. This allowed us to pick at the ideal time for each variety and block at Bell Mountain Vineyard. The acidity held up as the flavor and fruit development continued with ample ripening time for an abundance of aromatic qualities and elegant fruit flavors. Drought conditions for the second consecutive year impacted vine vigor and crop potential. Berry and cluster sizes were on the smaller side but yielded a high concentration of flavor with increased skin to juice ratio. 2021 has some of the lowest yields since we’ve been farming Bell Mountain Vineyard, but this was surpassed by the exceptional quality of the wines.