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Bella Union was founded by the partners of Far Niente to specialize in the art of blending Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon. The cornerstone of the blend is our 25-acre vineyard in Rutherford, along Bella Oaks
Lane, a country road that was historically called Bella Union. The vineyard is planted primarily to Cabernet
Sauvignon in well-drained loam, and the vines range from 20 – 30 years of age. Classic varietals of Malbec,
Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot sourced from select Napa Valley vineyards complete the blend.
The 2019 growing season began with late spring rains during flowering and fruit set. Cover crops between the
vines flourished, putting rich nutrients into our soils. Our fruit set itself was lighter than usual, resulting in
exceptional concentration and retention of flavor and aromas in our clusters. Mild fall temperatures allowed
fruit to mature fully, without being overly tannic nor overly ripe. 2019 was an excellent vintage overall that will
continue to impress wine lovers and collectors for years to come.
The 2019 Bella Union Napa Valley Cabernet possesses beautiful and intriguing aromas of dark plum, black
cherry, hints of clove and barrel spice. The palate is well-structured with velvety tannins complemented by
generous layers of fruit flavors of blackberry, fig and raspberry preserves that give way to a melting finish.