This wine is a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc
Fruit is from a Bella Oaks Lane cornerstone vineyard—hallowed ground for Napa Valley
Aged in 100% French oak barrels
The fruit is intense, beautifully proportioned and complex with aromatic ripe plum, black cherry and currant flavors
Bella Union was founded by the partners of Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel, where for more than 30 years we have been growing, making and enjoying Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ve combined the lessons learned in blending Far Niente’s Oakville estate vineyards with an intimate knowledge of the Napa Valley through our single-vineyard Cabernets at Nickel & Nickel, to produce a wine that brings together the best of our extensive experience. Our primary Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard is located along Bella Oaks Lane – hallowed ground for Napa Valley Cabernet. This western bench site offers an ideal combination of cool evenings and warm afternoons, which, in turn, allows the grapes to ripen fully and evenly. Blended with Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, this special lot has been aged in French oak from select coopers that enhance and harmonize the beautiful flavors.
Winemaker, Bella Union
RUTHERFORD, CA - Megan Melief's passion for winemaking is rooted at the intersection of art and science. In 2005, the Marin County, California native graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. She then headed east, to Washington D.C., where she worked as a researcher at the National Institutes of Health.
At the same time, Melief took a job in an upscale local restaurant with a well-rounded international wine list. She had the opportunity to taste wines from all over the world, and understand how a winemaker's artistic vision of aroma, flavor and mouthfeel blended with the science of winemaking. It was this experience that ultimately ignited the spark for a life in wine.
Melief eventually returned to the west coast and completed a Masters of Pharmacology from the University of Washington. Upon graduating, Melief decided to forego the pharmacology industry and pursue her passion for wine. That September, she found herself pulling hoses and working midnight pumpovers as a cellar intern at Seattle's JM Cellars.
Melief was ultimately drawn back to her native Northern California. In 2009, she joined the Nickel & Nickel winery team as enologist, and eventually earned the role of assistant winemaker. Working with single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines from an array of appellations within the Napa Valley proved a wonderful immersion into the many personalities of the varietal. Melief applied this knowledge when she began crafting the Bella Union Napa Valley Cabernets with the first vintage in 2012. She was named Bella Union Winemaker in June 2014.