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Bell Wine Cellars Big Guy Red 2013

Other Red Blends from California
    14.5% ABV
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    14.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    The 2013 Big Guy Red is a blend of seven varietals. Cabernet Sauvignon lays the firm foundation, with Syrah from the Sierra Foothills and Paso Robles lending ripe, luscious fruit to the nose and a juicy, delicious palate. Merlot further enhances the blend, providing rich fruit and supple tannins. The result is a wine with plenty of pleasing dark fruit character, notes of sweet wood and moderate tannins. This is a wine for every day drinking, whether on its own, on the patio with barbeque or in the dinning room with roasted duck.

    Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 57%, Syrah 26%, Merlot 9%, Petite Sirah 3%, Petit Verdot 2%, Malbec 2%, Cabernet Franc 1%

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    Bell Wine Cellars, California
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    Established in 1991, Bell Wine Cellars is a small family owned winery committed to hand-crafting limited edition bottlings of extraordinary wines that best reflect the terroir of their vineyards and the care and passion of their growers. Displaying exquisite balance and produced in small lots from grapes grown in select vineyards, each varietal displays the unique flavor and personality created by the particular growing conditions nurturing each vine

    California

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    Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from tiny, family-owned boutiques to massive corporations, and price and production are equally varied. Plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Valley area, while Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

    Each American Viticultural Area (AVA) and sub-AVA of has its own distinct personality, allowing California to produce wine of every fashion: from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate vineyard acreage. Sonoma County is best known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône Blends blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with cool climate varieties such as Pinot noir, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, any wine lover will find something to get excited about here.

    Other Red Blends

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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