Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves Zinfandel Big River Ranch 2007
Bella Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery in Dry Creek valley specializing in limited production lots of zinfandel and Rhone Varietals.
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This Zin is made from 14 acres of vines planted in 1905. Vine age limits the yields and provides intense, dark and ripe fruit. The Big River Ranch boasts red soils and hot summer days typical of the Alexander Valley, but also benefits from the coastal cooling effect of the nearby Russian River Valley. The result is longer “hang times” for the coveted fruit coming off these ancient vines. A blend of 86% Zinfandel and 14% Petite Sirah, Big River fruit was hand-picked, destemmed and underwent a 16-day fermentation in a submerged-cap tank. Kept on the skins for a full month, the wine was allowed an extended maceration. Aging occurred for 18 months in a combination of French and American oak, with 20% new barrels. Big River Ranch Zin resides comfortably at the bigger and darker end of the zinfandel spectrum. It has a deep crimson color and a bouquet of red berries and briary spice. On the palate, it delivers flavors of ripe raspberries, rhubarb and clove. Tannins are substantial but well integrated, which will allow this wine to improve for years to come.