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Community Tasting Notes (5) Avg Score: 92.7 points

  • This wine is a transition wine between Heitz Bella Oaks and Bella Oaks Proprietary Red that uses Bella Oaks fruit. Very nice wine and at 10 years old it showing quite well. Still very much on the fruit forward side (mostly black fruit) of the spectrum, but some tertiary flavors developing, including cocoa, anise, earth, and tobacco, with some toasted oak. This is tasty right now, but I believe will get even better with another 10 years of age or a super-long decant. Probably best at ages 25-35, where I suspect a nice balance between fruit and tertiary flavors. 94 to 94+ today, but may pick up a couple more points with additional age.

    Note: The wine is drinking quite well now, and if you are not a fan of tertiary flavors, this will definitely be in your wheelhouse now! I like wine both ways, but would save at least one bottle for the next decade.

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  • Generously poured for us by Martin for a compare/contrast with how another fairly esteemed (even if they’re not my favorite) and relatively comparatively priced producer used BO grapes, albeit from a not particularly proximate, although high quality, vintage. In this case, no contest. Yep, there’s plenty of vibrant fruit, forest floor and some spice here, but lots less structure and more oak and vanilla, which really distract. I do like this, but would struggle to be a buyer, even at about half the price. Subject to my comment about age difference, this is a powerful anti-terroirist argument. Drink now-next few years.

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  • Still very tight on opening. After an hour was much smoother.

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  • Classic big and powerful napa style wine. The structure is very balanced with a perfect amount of firmness. The best part about this wine is the perfectly pitched acidity that perfectly balances the boldness of the fruit. A very well executed napa cab. It is in a good place right now but it can easily hold for longer periods of time due to the powerful acidity.

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  • Removed from a 55 degree active cellar and slow oxed for 2 hours. Consumed from an Italesse universal stem. Poured a surprising medium dark crimson hue, making me wonder as to the pitch and concentration of this wine. Very elegant nose of black plum, dark cherry, menthol, and some cocoa bean. Very tart on the palate and would have easily mistaken this for a 3rd/4th growth Bordeaux in an average vintage.

    Prominent tastes of sour black cherry, plum skin, and tangy blackberry. Somewhat hollow mid palate with a non descript finish. Since I was thoroughly enamored with the traditional estate bottlings 2008-2010 in the past, I am wondering if this was in a dormant stage. Certainly not pleased with the QPR or how this bottle showed today..... If I had more I would wait 5-7 years.

    Note edit: After 6 hours and pairing with some prosciutto and Spanish hard cheese, the wine started to come alive. Still a strict vein of acidity and Bordeaux like reserve, but notes of vanilla, rich plum, graphite, and dark fruit emerged. I just think this wine needs more time....

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  • By Anna Lee C. Iijima
    Bella Oaks Retrospective, 5/18/2023, (See more on Decanter...)

    (Staglin Family Vineyards, Booth Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Rutherford, California, USA, Red) Login and subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    New Releases from Napa Valley: 2012 and 2013 (Dec 2014), 9/1/2014, (See more on Vinous...)

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