Bello Family Vineyards - 2013 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon


The Vintage:

Rutherford 2013 vintage began with a warm dry spring.  This warm and dry weather pattern persisted throughout the 2013 growing season with the exception of 2 brief mid-September rain events that ultimately had no impact on grape maturation.  The result was higher than average yields and optimal grape maturation.  Cooler sunny weather through October allowed us to hang our Cabernet Sauvignon on the vine for an extended period of time.  These favorable ripening conditions translated to exceptional flavor development and phenomenal wine quality.

The Vineyard:

This single vineyard offering showcases our estate vineyard located on the Rutherford Bench with its lush, rich, full fruit flavors.

Tasting Notes:

A beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon from Bello, the 2013 (a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot aged 22 in 100% new French oak) has an opaque, dense ruby/purple color, a classic sweet nose of sweet blackcurrants, licorice and suite background oak. Rich, broad and flavorful, with sweet tannin, good acidity and a long finish, this is accessible, but should age effortlessly for 20 or more years.

The Wine
87% Cabernet Sauvignon
11% Cabernet Franc
2% Petite Verdot
Appellation: Rutherford
Alcohol 14.8%
14 day fermentation, aged for 22 months in 100% new French Oak barrels

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Rating

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Chris Bello