Bell Wine Cellars

Rive Gauche
2022 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2024 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 28 | Lot No. 61
Vintage: 2022

Bell Wine Cellars

Rive Gauche

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • Vintage 2022 was a ripe, warm one for Cabernet Sauvignon in Rutherford
  • Our "Rive Gauche" Cabernet Sauvignon is based on Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford
  • The blend is rounded out by our favorite Petit Verdot from the AlphaWolf Vineyard in southern Napa
  • These wines were crafted as small lots, handpicked and optically sorted, aging in new French oak


Bell Wine Cellars specializes in showcasing the different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, and our Premiere Napa Valley lots in the past have usually reflected that. In 2022, the Petit Verdot newly-acquired from the AlphaWolf Vineyard was truly something special. Meticulously farmed by Bill Wolf for a couple decades, this is a special vineyard that seems to love this wine grape variety. We took this opportunity to showcase how it blends with some amazing Rutherford Cabernet.

Wine Facts

  • Sustainably produced

John Hazak

Winemaker, Bell Wine Cellars

Winemaker, John Hazak

After spending a number of years in archaeology, a fortuitous series of events brought John to his true passion, winemaking. Leaving his native southern California, John heard the call from the vineyards of Napa, and moved north to earn a Master of Science degree in Viticulture and Enology from U.C. Davis.

Upon finishing his degree at U.C. Davis, John spent some time working in the Cotes-de-Nuits, Burgundy. Returning from France in 2005, John honed his skills as Assistant Winemaker at Provenance Vineyards, specializing in wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc from Rutherford. Several years later, John joined Sterling Vineyards as an Associate Winemaker, heading their production of all white wines and Reserve red wine tier. In May of 2015, John returned to Provenance Vineyards, where he directed luxury production of all Provenance and Hewitt wines. A series of projects helped modernize Provenance into a small-lot, luxury Cabernet house, and created a path for John to Beaulieu Vineyards in 2017, to help them achieve the same goal.

John recently joined Bell Wine Cellars in February of 2020. His previous experiences paved the way to Bell, where founder and winemaker Anthony Bell had recently retired. Bell is an ultra-premium Yountville winery known for small-lot, single clone, Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as other Bordeaux varieties, Chardonnay and Syrah. John hopes to honor Anthony’s vision of craft winemaking and constant improvement, while starting a new chapter with this team.

Country born: United States

Education: M.S. Viticulture & Enology (University of California, Davis)

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
As a winemaker in the Napa Valley, I enjoy highlighting the expression of Cabernet Sauvignon as it manifests itself in each sub-appellation. With the amazing patchwork of soil types and sub-climates within such a small area, what we can achieve in this valley is amazing and diverse. With minimal intervention in the winery, we can let the fruit shine because it is so special and expressive. My job as winemaker is to coax the fruit through harvesting, fermentation, and aging into the bottle as smoothly as possible. Making the right decisions throughout the growing season and in the winery allows us to minimize personal impact along the way, and ultimately allows me to bring the art to the blending table to craft the best expression possible.

Winery Distribution

Bell Wine Cellars is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.

Bell Wine Cellars Contact: John Hazak


  • Arkansas ( Central Distributors )
  • California ( Classic Wines of California )
  • Illinois ( Elevage )
  • New Jersey ( Vintage Imports )
  • New Mexico ( Boutique Wines )
  • New York ( Vintage Imports )
  • North Carolina ( Johnson Bros. )
  • Ohio ( A.J. Hammer )
  • Pennsylvania ( Vintage Imports )
  • Tennessee ( Beverage Control )


  • Caribbean ( Ventuari Wines )
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