2015 Bella Union Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Art of the Blend

Many years of farming and crafting Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley across appellations as diverse as Oakville, Howell Mountain, Stags Leap District and St. Helena, has helped us to intimately know the very best sites—each with its defining characteristics—from which to create Bella Union Cabernet.

Upon first sip, Bella Union offers exuberant plum and black cherry aromas, signature notes of the Bella Union Vineyard. The wine is luscious with supple tannins that provide a framework for longevity. The finish lingers with persistent fruit flavors and notes of toasty oak, black pepper and espresso bean.

2015 Bella Union Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Release Date: February 2018

Vineyard Description

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.

Harvest Notes

The 2015 growing season began with a beautifully rainy December followed by a cool, dry January. Light rain in February gave way to an arid spring with early budbreak in the vineyard. Cool, breezy months led to variation in bloom and set a full yet small crop. Veraison started in mid-July and progressed quickly through the warm summer months. Climbing temperatures in early September pushed the vineyards to ripen early. Harvest began on September 9th when a break in the warm weather created perfect fruit conditions. Our last vineyards ripened two weeks later and we finished picking on September 23. This vintage was early and small with excellent concentration and quality.

Sensory Evaluation

Inviting aromas of black cherry, dark plum, blueberry and cassis shine with hints of vanilla bean and fresh baking spices. Rich flavors of juicy plum, black cherry and blueberry expand on the midpalate followed by a layered progression of warm toasty oak, cinnamon, baking spices and nutmeg. Supple integrated tannins and bright acidity prompt a mouthwatering finish.

Appellation

Napa Valley

Varietals

  • 89% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 6% Malbec
  • 4% Merlot
  • 1% Petit Verdot

Fermentation

  • 100% Stainless steel tanks

Harvest Dates

September 9 – September 23, 2015

Skin Contact

16 days, average

Aging

French oak barrels

  • 60% new
  • 40% once-used

Time

16 months in barrel

Release Date

February 2018

Winemaker

Megan Melief

Director of Winemaking

Dirk Hampson

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