97 POINTS – DOUBLE GOLD – 2022 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S WINE COMPETITION
15.5% Alc. by Vol. • 750ml • 2018 • Cabernet SauvignonProduction | 319 cases
The 2018 Bella’s wine is a great example of terroir, which is the unique combination of factors that give a wine its distinctive character. This wine has a strong aroma and taste of dried black goji berries, but also has an earthy, dust-like note. When you taste it, you’ll notice notes of pink peppercorns and cherry compote. It has a long finish that reminds you of a classic western movie. This wine is made from 100% unadulterated grapes grown in Knights Valley. It has a juicy, umami flavor in the middle and a strong but smooth finish, like a loving parent’s care. This wine is a must-try for anyone who wants to experience true terroir.
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The 2018 Bella’s wine with its earthy, fruity and spicy notes pairs well with dishes that have rich and savory flavors such as grilled meats, hearty stews, and strong cheeses. It would also complement dishes that have a spicy or smoky element to them. Some examples include grilled steak with a black pepper crust, braised short ribs, or a hearty tomato-based pasta dish with sausage. Additionally, it would also pair well with dishes featuring bold and spicy spices such as cumin, smoked paprika, or chili flakes.
Our winemaker, Erin Green understands that great wines begin in the vineyard. She is actively involved in viticultural aspects, working with Alex and Ben to create balance in the vines and enabling optimum ripeness in the grapes.
At harvest time she looks for mature skins and seeds with concentrated flavors. During harvest grapes are cold soaked to extract flavors before fermentation. Our fermentation regime is adapted by block to optimize flavors and create balance. The wines are aged in high quality French Oak barrels and blended to Erin’s liking.
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