Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves Petite Sirah Big River Ranch 2008
Petite sirah fruit was destemmed and crushed, and fermentation was carried out in closed-top tanks, with pumpovers performed twice daily. 5% of the lot was whole-cluster fermented. The wine was pressed off before dryness to avoid extracting too much tannin from the thick petite sirah skins. Fermentation was completed, and the wine was barreled down and aged in 20% new French and American oak for 18 months.
Bella Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery in Dry Creek valley specializing in limited production lots of zinfandel and Rhone Varietals.
Editorial Reviews for Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves Petite Sirah Big River Ranch
A big, chocolatey, licorice-covered nose of spice black fruit greets the nose. Smooth on entry and rich but not overly weighty, with a slightly inky feel and some density due to the packed but polished tannins. The fruit is nicely presented, broad if a bit low intensity in the mouth. Blue fruits, spice and red plum skins all come together nicely on the palate. The finish shows great freshness and the bed of tannins unfurl, adding good length to the wild blue fruits and light spice notes. Big but very well-balanced and almost elegant, this is good today but will improve. 90pts
Food Pairings for Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves Petite Sirah Big River Ranch
The 2008 Big River Ranch petite sirah highlights the best qualities associated with this traditionally intense varietal. The wine’s delightfully dark hue is a prelude to its exceptional structure, as is the luscious bouquet of plum and sweet molasses. Substantial, yet velvety on the palate, it boasts flavors of tart rhubarb and cinnamon spice. A long finish and firm tannins make this wine a natural accompaniment for grilled meats and rich, red sauces.