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Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves Zinfandel Belle Canyon Estate 2006

Member Review by WineborkDotCom:

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.

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Bella Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery in Dry Creek valley specializing in limited production lots of zinfandel and Rhone Varietals.

Member Reviews for Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves Zinfandel Belle Canyon Estate

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Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
38982702
3.00 5
07/27/2010

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.


Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
38982702
4.00 5
07/27/2010

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.


Snooth User: Clare Goggin Sivits
1066509632
3.50 5
08/02/2012

Smells of red pepper and I taste an oaky red fruit.


Snooth User: carey1
175888155
3.50 5
06/22/2009

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.


Snooth User: carey1
175888155
4.00 5
06/04/2009

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.


Snooth User: Pepper Turner
626540131
3.50 5
10/31/2010

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.


Snooth User: jonfrieds
4284042
5.00 5
09/27/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves Zinfandel Belle Canyon Estate

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11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Silver Medal


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11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal




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