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Bell Wine Cellars Claret Napa Valley 2006

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The Napa Valley Claret is a blend created from select barrel lots of wine drawn from our Napa Cabernet blend. These lots display lively fruit aromas and flavors with a soft supple tannin structure. Created in response to requests from winery guests to produce a cabernet that did not "bite" the addition of Syrah softens the tannins on the palate and adds fruit to the finish. This makes this wine approachable at an earlier age while still having a layered tannin structure that will allow the wine to develop for several years. Vintage Notes The 2006 growing season began with heavy rains and floods around the Napa Valley. Rainfall continued well into spring with later than usual bloom and set in June. A record heat wave in mid-July failed to damage vines as they were slightly behind in the cycle. Normal mild weather returned in August and continued allowing for paced ripening. Cold weather with rain in October slowed sugar accumulation while allowing extended hang time which enhances maturity and optimal development of flavors. Overall the season was an outstanding year and has produced wines with beautiful structure great color and high natural acidity. Tasting Notes Deep ruby in color with rich fruit aromas - including licorice plum and violets - on the nose. In the mouth it is lively and bright with toasty oak flavors supported by supple elegant tannins.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Winery: Bell
Color: Red
Variety: Bordeaux Blend
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Bell Wine Cellars is committed to handcrafting limited edition bottlings of extraordinary wines that reflect the terroir of their vineyards and the care and passion of their growers.

The Napa Valley Claret is a blend created from select barrel lots of wine drawn from our Napa Cabernet blend. These lots display lively fruit aromas and flavors with a soft supple tannin structure. Created in response to requests from winery guests to produce a cabernet that did not "bite" the addition of Syrah softens the tannins on the palate and adds fruit to the finish. This makes this wine approachable at an earlier age while still having a layered tannin structure that will allow the wine to develop for several years. Vintage Notes The 2006 growing season began with heavy rains and floods around the Napa Valley. Rainfall continued well into spring with later than usual bloom and set in June. A record heat wave in mid-July failed to damage vines as they were slightly behind in the cycle. Normal mild weather returned in August and continued allowing for paced ripening. Cold weather with rain in October slowed sugar accumulation while allowing extended hang time which enhances maturity and optimal development of flavors. Overall the season was an outstanding year and has produced wines with beautiful structure great color and high natural acidity. Tasting Notes Deep ruby in color with rich fruit aromas - including licorice plum and violets - on the nose. In the mouth it is lively and bright with toasty oak flavors supported by supple elegant tannins.

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