For many, the appeal of modern-day Napa Cabernet is found in its unabashed excess. The Napa Valley, after all, is epitomised today by bold, fruity wines with an over-the-top ripeness, alcohol and muscularity.
However, a recent retrospective tasting spanning 50 years of production from Bella Oaks Vineyard was a thrilling reminder that historically, a very different style of Napa Cab existed. And while climates have changed and winemaking styles may shift, beneath the excess, Napa is still a place where wines of grace, transparency and longevity are in production too.
Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for 15 vintages from Bella Oaks Vineyard
The evolution of Bella Oaks in 15 vintages
Wines are listed in vintage order youngest to oldest