Red

2018 Bella Oaks Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Rutherford

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Community Tasting Note

  • beersandvinesbythecreek Likes this wine:

    August 26, 2021 - Enjoyed with Shae Kinsman at Wheeler Farms. There is a lot of hype behind this wine and after tasting... it's well deserved. This is just a beautiful, delicate wine that amazingly has some drinkability in it's early youth, in fact it's what Shae used to lead off our tasting of this and the Kinsman Eades wines. Gorgeous expressive nose, with a soft mouthfeel. Tannins grip the tongue, but they're not aggressive. Beautiful black and red fruit. Structure is there to let this one go the distance, but I think in about 5 years this should be singing. Aged in french oak and a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Petit Verdot (12%) and Cabernet Franc (8%). The $275 a bottle price tag is steep, but worth it. Sign up for this list now as the inaugural release will be first come, first served.

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24 Comments

  • csimm1161 commented:

    8/30/21, 10:14 PM - Great notes on the Kinsman wines. Curious if Shae mentioned anything about production levels of the Bella Oaks. The Kinsman namesake labels are so limited, but was wondering on case production here with Bella Oaks. Thanks!

  • beersandvinesbythecreek commented:

    8/31/21, 5:37 AM - csimm1161, thanks! We didn't discuss case levels, but the recent Wine Spectator article mentioned around 350 cases for 2018 if I recall correctly, so a little more than double the Kinsman wines. I think there are additional vines expected to come online shortly that will help to increase production as well. If my memory serves me correctly I think some sauvignon blanc vines will be around in the future.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    8/31/21, 6:36 AM - Great. Thanks very much! Appreciate the info. Nigel is an excellent winemaker and I’m hoping for the best out of this renewed site. Cheers!

  • csimm1161 commented:

    8/31/21, 9:26 AM - LPB mentions 324 cases in her notes. So that sounds about right. Thanks again.

  • ckokinawa commented:

    8/31/21, 10:58 PM - Thanks for the great review. Looking forward to this release as well! Did Shae mention if it was going to be released in a 3 pack format or as single bottles?

  • beersandvinesbythecreek commented:

    9/1/21, 8:40 AM - Thanks ckokinawa. The order form that I received was selling the wine in 3 or 6 packs, so no single bottles for now. I have to assume that given the small size of their operation that selling in pre-determined package sizes is better for the economics of their business rather than sending different order sizes to whoever is handling logistics for them.

  • ckokinawa commented:

    9/2/21, 1:43 AM - Aww I see. Good to know. That does make sense given the relatively small production. Might have to give this one a little more contemplation now though. Thanks for the info.

  • gymnastpro commented:

    9/7/21, 9:26 PM - So the question is, is it worth 275? Hard to answer, but are there other Rutherford wines out there that are better and cheaper as 275$ seems a bit high for a first release. If I can buy 2 and not a 3 pack I might bite.

  • beersandvinesbythecreek commented:

    9/8/21, 5:40 AM - gymastpro, no doubt that the $275 is steep for a first release of the label and that will be an immediate turn off to some having to commit to three bottles. With that said you have a quality winemaker behind the label and a fantastic vintage year, which I think helps to justify the price. Also having had the opportunity to taste it I can say for myself it's worth the price. I tasted it next to the the three Kinsman Eades wines and I'd argue that it was almost an extension of the Kinsman lineup, but unique in it's own right. This is no surprise given that Nigel is the winemaker and has played a huge role in helping to get the vineyard back into shape.

  • gymnastpro commented:

    9/8/21, 9:41 PM - Thanks for the info!

  • gymnastpro commented:

    9/19/21, 9:07 PM - After reading more reviews I might bite on this. My wallet is really hurting though.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    9/19/21, 10:30 PM - Go for it. Come join the rest of us in blissful wine debt...

  • beersandvinesbythecreek commented:

    9/20/21, 3:48 AM - It’s just money…

  • gymnastpro commented:

    9/20/21, 7:46 AM - I'm in so much wine dent now ha

  • csimm1161 commented:

    9/20/21, 8:04 AM - If you post on Cellar Tracker... you have wine debt :)

  • gymnastpro commented:

    9/20/21, 10:47 AM - Rip us then ha

  • gymnastpro commented:

    9/20/21, 11:42 AM - I guess I’ll have to bite. You guys are like drug dealers haha

  • gymnastpro commented:

    9/21/21, 3:26 PM - I caved and bought a 3 pack and a 1.5L. Someone please save my wallet.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    9/21/21, 4:01 PM - Atta pepper! Welcome to the club!

  • gymnastpro commented:

    9/21/21, 6:23 PM - RIP Me ahaha

  • beersandvinesbythecreek commented:

    9/23/21, 6:01 AM - I feel like a support group needs to be started to help us all with our purchases... which will then quickly turn in to egging each other on to buy more. Hey at least we all get a break with the lack of a 2020 vintage!

  • gymnastpro commented:

    9/23/21, 11:57 AM - Hahaha exactly. But now I'm prepping to stock up on Champagne with the loss of the 2020 vintage. It never ends ha.

  • RockinCabs commented:

    9/23/21, 1:44 PM - The support group is "Moratorium" over on the CT boards. There are rules to the moratorium, but mostly everyone is there for a blessing and get thier sins justified.

  • gymnastpro commented:

    9/23/21, 1:58 PM - Haha so true but so bad at the same time ahah

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