A delicious Zin, made from two old Alexander Valley Vineyards (Big River Ranch and Todd Brothers Ranch), that has softened and broadened nicely in ... Read more
Big River Ranch is a beautiful vineyard tucked into the sharp loop of the Russian River just north of Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg, in the southern... Read more
Smells of red pepper and I taste an oaky red fruit. Read more
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A delicious Zin, made from two old Alexander Valley Vineyards (Big River Ranch and Todd Brothers Ranch), that has softened and broadened nicely in the last year or two. Deep, complex nose shows dark berry and almost port-like plum/prune fruit, along with floral notes of rose hips and violet, a hint of sorghum, and lots of toasty oak. Smooth and soft at this point, but with plenty of structure to keep it fresh.
Big River Ranch is a beautiful vineyard tucked into the sharp loop of the Russian River just north of Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg, in the southernmost reaches of Alexander Valley. This is a good Zinfandel, but one I remember enjoying more a year or two ago when it displayed more fruit. Currently, the nose and flavors are more earthy/gamey/weedy and Claret-like. Notes of tobacco, cooked figs, prunes, and dark cherries are apparent along with some herbal/mint nuances. Muscular in the mouth and still relatively tannic. Solid, full-bodied Zinfandel that just didn't seem very charming to me in this tasting.
Smells of red pepper and I taste an oaky red fruit.
Lot's of aromatics right away in the bouquet.Juicy red berries and chewy caramel on the tounge and a nice vanilla spice in the finish.
Everything I love about Zinfandel, little jam, little spice. What I think makes this wine so popular, is the balance. Nothing is too over the top and the lingering finish is so pleasant, sip to sip.
I really like this Zin. Vanilla and rich fruit, earthy with a delightfully gentle finish. I discovered this wine by accident while meandering around Dry Creek Valley one weekend. I'm now a fan of Bella. Nice people, beautiful wine cave.
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