The 2016 vintage opens up with a dark brambly fruit compote, inviting sarsaparilla, and wonderful baking spices. The wine expands softly across the palate and the dark fruit flavors dominate the mid-palate. The finish is long and lingering, a Bell signature trait of quality. A food pairing extravaganza can be had with this Syrah. It holds true to its Rhone valley heritage, and generously pairs with a wide variety of rich, bold flavors, from bbq ribs, beef brisket all the way to being the star ingredient in beef bourguignon.
In 1997 we produced our first Syrah from Ian and Elena Renner’s Canterbury Vineyard at the 2,000-foot elevation in the Sierra Foothills. Uniquely situated on a peninsula surrounded on three sides by the large New Mellones Dam, and with full western exposure, the vineyard enjoys a microclimate with warm sunny days, no fog, and moderated by cool afternoon breezes off the dam. Well-drained soils with a shallow layer of schist restrict root growth, resulting in vines that yield intensely flavored fruit.