bel canto, n. a. A style of singing characterized by beauty of tone rather than dramatic power [Italian, literally: beautiful singing], b. Cadence blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot grown on its estate, Cara Mia Vineyard.
I am in love with the 2017 vintage. Bright, fresh feel, great balance and acidity, 2017 has it all. Bel Canto opens with stunning, deep aromas of minerals, plums, and spice. The palate is impeccably balanced but powerful with tremendous concentration and length. Plums again, blueberries and cherries make up the fruit core but there is much more going on than pure fruit. Today the wine is best on the finish – long, concentrated and lifted by acidity and an amazing tannic structure. Decant for pleasure now or hold until your patience wears thin!
Bel Canto, Cara Mia Vineyard 2017 Cara Mia Block
Barrel Allocations: 50% New French Oak: Taransaud, Darnajou, Sylvain, 50% second fill.
Final Blend: 73% Cabernet Franc, two barrels clone 01, four barrels clone 214, two barrels clone 327, 18% Merlot, two barrels clone 181, 9% Petit Verdot, one barrel clone 01
Final Chemistry: 14.7% ABV, titratable acidity 6.0 g/l, 3.65 pH,
35 ppm free SO2 Bottling: 278 cases bottled in August 2019 Release Date: 17 October 2020