Bella - A Zinfandel specialist producing wines that can be pretty big and filled with dark fruit but at the same time they manage to retain a certain elegance and compliment their rich fruit flavors with a lot of soil driven and savory notes. The line-up is very consistent for the most part, though their full blown Block Ten bottling stands out from the pack in an explosively rich style that is just too much for me.
 
 
Candied dark fruit that’s a bit leathery and coffee toned greets the nose along with a nice oak note, nutty, cafe au lait, and gingery spiced. Big yet bright in the mouth with super fruit here, glassy and firm, hard candy like cherry and blackberry flavored with some cracked pepper spice and a little licorice accent note. The tannins are very well integrated and the nice acids drive the finish moderately long finish. This holds its alcohol seamlessly,with a supple, balanced feel. 91pts
 
 
A bit tight on the firm nose that shows a dry earthy edge to the sweet cherry and raspberry fruit. This shows off power and elegance in the mouth, decidedly red fruited with nice herbal freshness. The tannins are small, a little angular and balanced by decent acids supporting a somewhat dense and full midpalate. The firm finish turns richly black black fruited and slightly tree barky with spicy oak notes and a blue mineral edge. 91pts
 
 
This is spicy on the nose with perfumed oak tones and lovely nuanced toasted cumin and coriander accent to the core of dark, oily fruit. In the mouth this is surprisingly supple and slinky, and rich with a core of wild cherry and plummy fruit that remains very tight and almost chewy, dense but not weighty. This gives the impression of being a little sweet, with sweet toasty oak adding to that, though there is great clarity to the muscular, earthy fruit that drives the long finish. 92pts 
 
 
Very aromatic and floral on the nose which shows off  pretty, dusty soil, and steeped dry herbs aromas framing a core of bright sour cherry sour raspberry fruit. On entry this is bright, brambly and aromatic with huge Zin berry fruit. It’s a bit young and tight today with dusty tannins emerging in the mouth making this a bit sharp and angular today. The fruit does show fine persistence finishing with length and acid driven clarity. 91pts
 
 
Cola, sassafras, dark chocolate and even a touch of black olive emerge on the nose adding detail and complexity to the core of  blackcurrant and black cherry fruit. This is built on its acids, so clear and fresh in the mouth with tons of firm black fruit supported by herb, green anise seed and fennel notes followed by a long taut finish. This is very tense and powerful with great focus, and yet it is supple and already in a very nice spot. 92pts
 
 
Fairly marked by oak exhibiting aromas that are a little toasty and creamy with dark slightly jammy and very wild black fruit that shows some, dark mineral and root beer float top notes. Mouth filling, seamless and a bit dense, this is packed with RC cola inflected candied black cherry and blackberry fruit. Big and polished, this finishes with lightly spicy vanilla cream draped fruit. This is a bit of a bruiser and while it’s intense and rich I can’t say that I prefer it to the single vineyard wines. 91pts
 
 
Big aromatics greet the nose, all wooly and wild and filled with peppery spice and alcoholic heat. Big, a bit hot, rich and chewy and dense and meaty on the palate with dark stewy plums and some red fruit highlights, this is just too sweet and alcoholic for my palate.  85pts
 
 
Tight on the nose with slow to unfold aromas of chocolate, balsamic, sweet, fresh, blackberry and lovely slightly jammy black cherry fruit. Lush, juicy and dark on entry, this picks up a  creamy tone on the midpalate followed by raspberry, dried berry and slightly grapy flavors. Featuring super balance and a lovely tannic structure, this is a killer chocolate pairing wine. 92pts