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The vineyards that run along Bella Oaks Lane (the road that cuts through the heart of Rutherford) towards the old Bella Union mine, have been sought after for well over a hundred years. Since their founding in the 1880s, these vineyards have been the heart of some of the most phenomenal Napa Cabernets ever made.
They were the secret ingredient in Heitz’s Bella Oaks Cabernet. The vineyards from the old Steckter family property – now Staglin – were the secret sauce in the Beaulieu’s Georges de Latour Private Reserve – not to mention the phenomenal wines of Staglin.
The 2017 Far Niente Bella Union Napa Valley Cab combines luscious estate Cabernet with a sprinkling of Bordeaux varieties from select vineyards nearby (Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot). The result is a luscious wine featuring aromas of dark cherry, anise, and spice – with big, lip-smacking dark fruit. Both fresh and primary, but with nice tannin that will allow for years of aging.
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95 Points (Cellar Selection), Wine Enthusiast
Sinewy, earthy and full of spice, this well-made wine is lush and sumptuous, with firm, focused tannins and integrated oak. Black cherry, cinnamon and nutmeg meld on the structured, full-bodied palate, with a graceful hint of dark chocolate on the finish. This will do well in the cellar; enjoy 2025–2030.
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