Please join us for another great Domestic Wine Wednesday with Bell Wine Cellars! If you are not familiar with this winery, you really should be and this tasting will do just that!
Wine maker and part owner of Bell Wine Cellars, Andrew Bell, grew up in a South African wine family. As a teenager he gained wine experience working in France, Spain and South Africa. He got his Masters degree in enology at UC Davis and started his 15 year tenure at Beaulieu Vineyard (aka BV) in 1979. During this time Andrew worked on the initiation of clonal research, the development of Napa Valley appellations, as well as pioneer educational grower-vineyard programs, and he did all this while he was the director of wine making at BV. The clone variation for Cabernet grapes is very important to Andrew and he has a wealth of knowledge in the subject!
The first vintage of Bell Wine Cellars was 1991, and was thought to be the first single vineyard, single clone Cabernet Sauvignon produced and labeled in Napa Valley. A few years later, Andrew left BV to make wine for Bell Wine Cellars full-time. In 1998 the winery moved to its current location and has grown from 500 cases to 15,000 cases. Terroir is just as important to Andrew Bell as clones are, and he put a lot of effort into finding the perfect vineyards for his wines. Their clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, which is what they are known for, are grown in the Rutherford region of Napa. Their Merlot and Chardonnay grapes are grown on the estate, and their Syrah grapes are grown in the Sierra Foothills.
Andrew Bell has been a key role in several aspects of why Napa's wine region is legendary today. He made great wine with BV and many think he is making even better wine now with his own label. Bell Wine Cellars strives to produce wines with Old World elegance and sophistication which are well balanced. When you try the wines at our tasting, you will see that Andrew has achieved this goal!
Here is the line up for the evening:
2015 Bell Wine Cellars Lake County Sauvignon Blanc - $28.00 / Sale Price: $22.00
2014 Bell Wine Cellars Yountville Estate Chardonnay - $50.00 / Sale Price: $40.00
2014 Bell Wine Cellars Napa Valley Claret - $50.00 / Sale Price: $40.00
2014 Bell Wine Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - $55.00 / Sale Price: $44.00
2014 Bell Wine Cellars Canterbury Syrah - $25.00/ Sale Price: $18.00