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Bell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

9.0152 ratings
8.925 pro ratings
Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Hayden B. Oothout

This is a superb Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. It is well balanced and very enjoyable. The petit Verdot comes through on the back end and leaves you with a wonderful finish. Drink now or hold for 8-10 more years.

This is a superb Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. It is well balanced and very enjoyable. The petit Verdot comes through on the back end and leaves you with a wonderful finish. Drink now or hold for 8-10 more years.

May 19th, 2019
Michael Herzog

Still great 15 years later. Still has structure. Tannins still there. Well done.

Still great 15 years later. Still has structure. Tannins still there. Well done.

Mar 2nd, 2019
Michael Herzog

Tannins much more structured than the 2004. Open right at the start. Vanilla, dark fruit, some charcoal. A better structured wine with a better finish than the 2004 (perhaps just a better vintage overall).

Tannins much more structured than the 2004. Open right at the start. Vanilla, dark fruit, some charcoal. A better structured wine with a better finish than the 2004 (perhaps just a better vintage overall).

May 2nd, 2018
Michael Herzog

Closed at the start. Some dark fruit back there. Coffee, soft tannins; earth on the finish. Opened a bit after a few hours with cherry, a little plum, celery, and definite leather notes. This wine was shut down at the start surprisingly and it was decanted. It's on the graceful decline down, but some interesting notes for sure.

Closed at the start. Some dark fruit back there. Coffee, soft tannins; earth on the finish. Opened a bit after a few hours with cherry, a little plum, celery, and definite leather notes. This wine was shut down at the start surprisingly and it was decanted. It's on the graceful decline down, but some interesting notes for sure.

May 2nd, 2018
Paul Masson

Ripe, round, and saturated

Ripe, round, and saturated

Jan 24th, 2017
Matt Duncan

Menthol, rose, cherry nose. Plush caramel attack with toffee mid palate. Lingering spice, but a bit short.

Menthol, rose, cherry nose. Plush caramel attack with toffee mid palate. Lingering spice, but a bit short.

Jul 27th, 2016
Gina Shay

Acetobacter. Ack!! Totally spoiled. So disappointing considering the other ratings. :-/

Acetobacter. Ack!! Totally spoiled. So disappointing considering the other ratings. :-/

May 30th, 2015
Matt Sterr

Dark and brooding with medium tannin.

Dark and brooding with medium tannin.

May 28th, 2015
Gretchen Keith

I loves my Acid... Crisp, bright nice fruit with earth, nice alternative. Label design is brilliant.

I loves my Acid... Crisp, bright nice fruit with earth, nice alternative. Label design is brilliant.

Dec 13th, 2014
Mark Lindzy

Such lovely bright fruit that transitions into more savory flavors of pencil lead and eucalyptus after 30 minutes open. The tannins and oak have integrated very well, and acid is still very bright. A great match for our pot roast dinner.

Such lovely bright fruit that transitions into more savory flavors of pencil lead and eucalyptus after 30 minutes open. The tannins and oak have integrated very well, and acid is still very bright. A great match for our pot roast dinner.

Nov 16th, 2014