Bella Union was founded in 2012 by the partners of Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel, who, for more than 30 years, have been growing and making some the best Cabernets in the Napa Valley. Bella Union is the next step in their evolution as Cabernet winemakers. Located in Rutherford along Bella Oaks Lane—hallowed ground for Napa Valley Cabernet—the 25-acre Bella Union Vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, with a small portion devoted to Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This western bench location offers an ideal combination of cool evenings and warm afternoons, which, in turn, allows the grapes to ripen fully and evenly. The site's well-draining, gravelly loam soil plays an equally important role, contributing to the signature character of the vineyard. The fruit is intense, beautifully proportioned and complex with aromatic ripe plum, black cherry and currant flavors. A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the wine was aged 16 months in 65% new French oak barrels. The wine shows a luscious nose of ripe black cherry, plum, strawberry, opulent berry compote and cassis. On the palate it's rich and inviting with succulent flavors reminiscent of cherry pie. The palate builds to trademark Rutherford dust mingled with chewy tannins, offering a mouth-filling, integrated texture, as hints of baking spices linger on a beautiful finish. Limited!
I planned to let this age for several years, but I had to try it early to satisfy my curiosity. i wasn't disappointed. Dark, inky, rich with subtle notes, I am confident it will age well....if I can wait.