Bellbird bottle

Bellbird

White Wine, 2016

Usually the only white wine Blair Guthrie makes is Chardonnay. But when a friend with a small vineyard gave him a taste of French Colombard, a grape normally distilled for Cognac, Blair knew he could use it to make a zesty, perfectly balanced wine that’s great with food. After blending in his beloved Chardonnay to lend weight, and Gewürztraminer for aromas, Blair not only achieved balance but the most important thing of all: “just a really fun, funky white wine.”

Profile

Bellbird White is unquestionably unique. Its fruitiness and bright zestiness are linked by intense peach and lychee aromas. The wine commands your senses delightfully, then lets go, leaving your palate refreshed.

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SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Pale straw
APPEARANCE
Pale straw
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Lemon
Lychee
Apple
White peach

Pairing

These vibrant wines often taste of passion fruit or citrus, sometimes accented with an herbaceous note. A fruity-zesty balance, a signature of Sauvignon Blanc, is what makes these wines delicious with goat cheese (a staple pairing in France’s Loire Valley); the wine makes the cheese taste creamier.

More About The Wine

California’s North Coast region comprises six counties north of San Francisco, though the grapes for this wine come mostly from vineyards in Mendocino County, with a small amount from Sonoma. Mendocino is known for its cool, maritime climate, which allows the vines to develop bright, fresh flavors in the grapes.

DID YOU KNOW?

Cognac is made by first fermenting French Colombard grapes into regular white wine. It’s then distilled before being aged in oak barrels for several years.

  • VARIETY
    White Wine
  • VINTAGE
    2016
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    North Coast, California, USA
  • OAK
    Stainless steel (no oak)
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    13.2%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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