Bell Chardonnay 2010 Yountville Napa Valley


Tasting Notes:

More European in style than Californian, restrained use of oak and the absence of lees during barrel aging allow the tropical and citrus fruit flavors to flourish. This wine is an excellent bridge between the crisp, unwooded Southern Hemisphere style and the rich, oaky, buttery style of California. Crisp and refreshing on the palate, this delicious food wine is a delightful accompaniment to a broad spectrum of dishes, or, served slightly chilled, as an aperitif.


Technical Analysis

Varietal Chardonnay Source Yountville, Napa Valley

Harvest Sugar 22.9 Brix Harvest Acid 0.58 gm/100ml

Total Acid 0.62 gm/100ml pH 3.72 Alcohol 13.8%

Aging 75% tank, 25% barrel (8 mos), 17% malo-lactic, 15% new oak

Bottle Date July 2011 Production 679 cases

24 in stock



Vintage Notes:

The 2010 vintage was characterized by cooler than normal growing conditions resulting in a later than usual start of the harvest. The long, cool growing season resulted in concentrated fruit flavors, great natural acidity and flavors that will materialize into elegant, structured wines, almost European in style. A very promising vintage for our style of wines.