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Chargers Legacy new limited-edition wine

Posted Aug 29, 2011

San Diego Chargers celebrate 50 years of football with release of Chargers Legacy Cabernet

For the first time in the team’s storied 50-year history in San Diego, the Chargers and Chargers fans will enjoy a limited-release wine bearing the team’s name.
The Chargers partnered with veteran winemaker Anthony Bell of Napa Valley’s Bell Wine Cellars to create a limited-edition Cabernet Sauvignon bottling and celebrate the rich history and legacy of the team and its fans over more than 50 years.  Chargers Legacy 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon retails for $24.99 per bottle and is available for purchase online at www.chargers.com/wine, at select retailers and grocery stores in the San Diego metro area, and during home games at Qualcomm Stadium.  You can also place orders over the phone at 707-944-1673.
“We think our fans will enjoy having a bottle of Chargers Legacy wine for any occasion as well as on game days,” said Chargers Executive Vice President - CEO A.G. Spanos.  “It’s a very versatile wine that we think maintains the integrity and character of our team.
“It’s important to us that anything we put our name on is first class, and Bell Wine Cellars is regarded as one of Napa Valley’s top wineries with a history of producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon.  We want nothing but the best for our fans.”
Chargers Legacy is a full-bodied wine full of vibrant fruit flavors and toasty oak, and supported by silky tannins.  Bell has made wine from Napa Valley for more than 30 years and has built a reputation for producing elegant, balanced and fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon from this prestigious wine-growing region.
“Producing a special wine like Chargers Legacy is similar to winning football games,” Bell said.  “It’s a team effort that requires patience, determination, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, and great talent like Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon fruit.”
The Chargers Legacy 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon consists of a blend of 80-percent Cabernet Sauvignon, seven-percent Petit Verdot, four-percent Merlot, four-percent Syrah, three-percent Petite Sirah, and two-percent Malbec.  Fruit was hand-harvested from select Napa Valley vineyards and fermented in stainless steel tanks with select cultured yeasts.  It was then aged in small French oak barrels prior to bottling.  These efforts produced a Cabernet Sauvignon that is deep ruby in color with rich, ripe cherry, cassis and blackberry fruit aromas.  Soft tannins and sweet oak combine with a gentle hint of pepper and spice to yield a full-bodied wine with excellent balance and a smooth, inviting and lingering finish.
This Cabernet Sauvignon will team well with all game-day favorites, including steak, lamb, grilled chicken, hamburgers, and pizza, or simply enjoy a glass by itself.
About The San Diego Chargers

More than 50 years have passed since a group of six men agreed to start their own football league that became the American Football League.  The Chargers were one of those six upstarts in 1960, playing their first season in Los Angeles.  The following year they moved to San Diego where they became a community institution, creating memories that span generations.
The original Chargers were a big-play, sudden-strike offensive-minded outfit that took the pro football world by storm.  They played the game with abandon and a let-it-fly style that matched the lightning bolts on their uniforms.  Renowned offensive performers with names like Alworth, Lowe, Lincoln, Hadl, Post, Woods, Fouts, Joiner, Jefferson, Winslow, Muncie, Chandler, Humphries and Tomlinson have passed the torch to Rivers, Gates, Jackson and Mathews to carry on the tradition today.
Today, San Diego has reclaimed the mantle as one of the elite teams in the NFL in the 21st century.  The Chargers have delivered five AFC West division titles and 79 victories during the last seven seasons.  Only three other teams have won that many games.
About Bell Wine Cellars

Established in 1991 by esteemed Napa Valley winemaker Anthony Bell, Bell Wine Cellars is a small family owned winery committed to hand-crafting limited edition bottlings of extraordinary wines that best reflect the terroir of their vineyards and the care and passion of their growers.  Displaying exquisite balance and produced in small lots from grapes grown in select vineyards, each varietal displays the unique flavor and personality created by the particular growing conditions nurturing each vine.  Go to www.bellwine.com for more information.
Our Terroir Philosophy
Long before it became fashionable to talk about wine growing, about winemakers crafting wines from the vineyards rather than from the cellar, Anthony Bell was pursuing a philosophy of terroir. The French term encapsulates the factors which play a role in differentiating one vineyard site from another, including climate, soil, clonal selection, etc. "Wine is grown in the vineyard.", explains Bell. "We are merely stewards of nature while the wine is in our cellar."
In California we are blessed with a great variety of microclimates, each capable of producing grapes of extraordinary quality and style. I seek out these extraordinary vineyards with their unique microclimates, and working closely with the winegrower, strive to optimize the fullest potential of each property. From Rutherford in the heart of the Napa Valley, to Aromas in Santa Cruz County and Murphy's in the Sierra Foothills, each vineyard I purchase grapes from is blessed with a unique terroir.
To compliment the efforts of the winegrower, we strive to produce wines that exhibit wonderful balance. Our wines are often referred to as having an Old World elegance and sophistication. My style of winemaking is to emphasize the fruit and employ vinification techniques that will capture and accentuate the fruit expression unique to each vineyard. Along with fruit, balance is vitally important, and at Bell Wine Cellars we strive to find the quintessential balance between fruit, acid, oak and tannins, in producing our wines. I hope you enjoy the "vineyard expression" in each of our wines.
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