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Bell Wine Cellars

Bell Wines 2007 Napa Syrah, Massa Ranch 2-Pack
$69.99 (Normally $114.90) 39% off List Price
2007 Bell Syrah, Massa Ranch, Yountville

Bell Wines 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon 375ml 6-Pack
$72.99 (Normally $123.11) 41% off List Price
2006 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 375ml

Bell Wines Petite Sirah/Petit Verdot Duo 2-Pack
$64.99 (Normally $99.55) 35% off List Price
2008 Bell Petite Sirah, Massa Ranch, Yountville
2007 Bell Petit Verdot, Massa Ranch, Yountville

Bell Wines White 4-Pack
$69.99 (Normally $113.90) 39% off List Price
2010 Big Guy White Wine
2011 Bell Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County

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“In the entire world there are only a few sounds that bring joy to all but the most jaded. One is the murmur of a kitten purring. Another is the thwack of a well-pitched baseball hitting a perfectly swung bat. And the third is the pop of a cork being pulled from a bottle of wine.” —George Taber

inkycatz


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Reviews on the whites, anyone? Or at all, for that matter?

I'm just hanging out, really.

mandoo500


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inkycatz wrote:Reviews on the whites, anyone? Or at all, for that matter?



About a month ago, found a bottle of their 05 merlot. If my memory serves right hmm

-initially dark chocolate and blue berry nose, bright fruit still going strong, gentle acid, round finish with hint of dirt. I was satisfied.

So far tried their, blend, Petit Verdot and Merlot. All solid.

cotillion


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inkycatz wrote:Reviews on the whites, anyone? Or at all, for that matter?



I don't have any detailed notes, but I've been to their winery. Really kind people, and they make excellent wines from what I recall.

Sadly, I can't remember whether or not I had these specific wines/vineyards, as it was a few years ago (I've not been back to wine country since) - the Syrah and Cab that I had were both wonderful, deep and powerful.

redwinefan


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Really tempted by that half case of half-bottle Cabernet. Love to have some half bottles of good wine sitting around.

I'll probably go for it if I step into this Woot off.

"You need to invest in a corkscrew. Wine is for drinking." -- Peter Wellington

hogfatt


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I love their PV, their other wines are solid but a little pricey. Just wish they had PV two pack instead of PV/PS two pack. Haven't had the PS though, may be decent...

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anthonyabell


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inkycatz wrote:Reviews on the whites, anyone? Or at all, for that matter?



We do not typically send our wines in for reviews. We did recently submit the 2011 Sauvignon blanc and received 88 Pts from WE and the CA State Fair awarded the wine a Gold. Big Guy White is not submitted - the wine is quite delicious, a Chardonnay Viognier blend, slightly off-dry and a crowd pleaser.

anthonyabell


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hogfatt wrote:I love their PV, their other wines are solid but a little pricey. Just wish they had PV two pack instead of PV/PS two pack. Haven't had the PS though, may be decent...



I just returned from a sales trip to FL and we were showing the 2007 Petite sirah and sold out. I think the fruit and acidity from Yountville brightens an otherwise darkly colored and rather tannic varietal. Being the 2007 vintage and now several years in bottle it is showing very nicely and well worth trying.

anthonyabell


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redwinefan wrote:Really tempted by that half case of half-bottle Cabernet. Love to have some half bottles of good wine sitting around.

I'll probably go for it if I step into this Woot off.



How can you go wrong with some aged Napa Valley Cabernet? In this world of fruit forward wines, an aged Cabernet can only bring delight! And 2006 is an underrated vintage that will continue to develop with time. And in 375ml format.

anthonyabell


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cotillion wrote:I don't have any detailed notes, but I've been to their winery. Really kind people, and they make excellent wines from what I recall.

Sadly, I can't remember whether or not I had these specific wines/vineyards, as it was a few years ago (I've not been back to wine country since) - the Syrah and Cab that I had were both wonderful, deep and powerful.



If you have been to the winery, the Massa Ranch is directly across the parking lot. The vineyard is now certified organic and delivers very rich, powerful fruit - with lovely acidity from our cooler climate. Thank you for your nice words about your visit. Hopefully you get to come back to Napa soon.

anthonyabell


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mandoo500 wrote:About a month ago, found a bottle of their 05 merlot. If my memory serves right hmm

-initially dark chocolate and blue berry nose, bright fruit still going strong, gentle acid, round finish with hint of dirt. I was satisfied.

So far tried their, blend, Petit Verdot and Merlot. All solid.



In a world where Merlot seems to be dirty word, we have done very well with our Merlot - focusing on severe vineyard canopy management to ensure even ripeness in the fruit.

The Petit verdot is a treat as so few are produced and here is an opportunity to to taste one that is 95% varietal - allowing one to see exactly why PV is such a good blender and what it brings to the blend.

Winedavid39


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Anthony,

welcome. We are very glad Bell is here on wine.woot. thanks for hanging out here.

kylemittskus


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Bell Cellars made the Chargers' Legacy wine and for that, I will always love you.

"If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine." -Rainer Maria Rilke

"Champagne is a very kind and friendly thing on a rainy night." -Isak Dinesen

anthonyabell


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Winedavid39 wrote:Anthony,

welcome. We are very glad Bell is here on wine.woot. thanks for hanging out here.



Happy to be part of the community. I always enjoy the conversations.

anthonyabell


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kylemittskus wrote:Bell Cellars made the Chargers' Legacy wine and for that, I will always love you.



That wine was really good and a great deal for the wine drinker. Little did I realize when we produced the wine that as many people would purchase it for memorabilia as would to drink it. We had one Charger fan tell us to ship it to the South during a heat wave as she was going to add it to her sports memorabilia collection and had no intention of drinking it! I hope the team is able to have a good finish to the season?

kylemittskus


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anthonyabell wrote:That wine was really good and a great deal for the wine drinker. Little did I realize when we produced the wine that as many people would purchase it for memorabilia as would to drink it. We had one Charger fan tell us to ship it to the South during a heat wave as she was going to add it to her sports memorabilia collection and had no intention of drinking it! I hope the team is able to have a good finish to the season?



I'm not drinking my bottle until the Chargers win the SB. And fire Norv!!!

"If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine." -Rainer Maria Rilke

"Champagne is a very kind and friendly thing on a rainy night." -Isak Dinesen

rjquillin


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kylemittskus wrote:Bell Cellars made the Chargers' Legacy wine and for that, I will always love you.

Currently however, the chokin' chargers; from one living in SD.

kylemittskus wrote:I'm not drinking my bottle until the Chargers win the SB. And fire Norv!!!

And this may be quite some time in the future...
Could be a well aged bottle, but one can always hope.


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anthonyabell


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rjquillin wrote:And this may be quite some time in the future...
Could be a well aged bottle, but one can always hope.



Not sure which vintages(s) you have but believe me, the wine will age beautifully, especially the 2008 and 2009 - although I hope you do not have to wait too long!

neilfindswine


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Thank you Anthony for stopping by and for featuring these great wines on Woot! Looks like the Cab is already sold out, but there's still some of the Petite Pack, the Syrah and the Whites... great holiday wines methinks!

I report to winedavid39...
...I like getting PM's from wannabe rodents...

anthonyabell


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neilfindswine wrote:Thank you Anthony for stopping by and for featuring these great wines on Woot! Looks like the Cab is already sold out, but there's still some of the Petite Pack, the Syrah and the Whites... great holiday wines methinks!



Sandra and I feel Syrah is a wonderful holiday dinner wine - especially with the cranberry dressing and all the gamey flavors inherent in a "turkey with dressing" dinner. For aperitifs, the Big Guy White will please even those hard to please guests - with just the right balance between fruit (aka off-dry) and acidity. And if you are a Cabernet lover, the Petit verdot will give you a wonderful sense of why us winemakers use it a a blender.

michaelvella


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Bought the 2006 3 pack 2 years ago - petit, merlot and cab - all of it was quite good. I remember them as being classic Napa reds that were true to the varietal and a pleasure to drink.
Not sure if that helps a lot, but I know they were all three drunk up quick.
Guess I should take more notes, but I've come up with a simple process - taste and savor if I love it with a meal or taste and mark off to not buy again if not.
If I have multiple bottles, carefully use the former, get rid of the latter quickly at a party or something..

anthonyabell


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michaelvella wrote:Bought the 2006 3 pack 2 years ago - petit, merlot and cab - all of it was quite good. I remember them as being classic Napa reds that were true to the varietal and a pleasure to drink.
Not sure if that helps a lot, but I know they were all three drunk up quick.
Guess I should take more notes, but I've come up with a simple process - taste and savor if I love it with a meal or taste and mark off to not buy again if not.
If I have multiple bottles, carefully use the former, get rid of the latter quickly at a party or something..



Thank you for saying that. I feel our wines are very Classic in style, but certainly enjoy the benefits of the sunny California weather and viticultural advances made in the past 30 years. I try to produce wines that capture the varietal character but also have a sense of place. Hence, when you see my comments about the various wines in this offer they tend to refer the effect of the vineyard or appellation on the wines - versus a discussion of the "fruit bowl" flavors one can discern. Both have their strong points.