We are so excited about our 2012 wines. According to Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate, Bella "hit pay-dirt in 2012". Once again, Robert Parker has complimented Bella with some of the top scores for zinfandel, giving the 2012 Block 10 96 points and the 2012 Barrel 32 with 95 points, which is consistently our highest-rated wine. Simply put, Parker points out that the 2012 Barrel 32 is "about as good as zinfandel can get." Also on Parker's top scores are the 2012 Rocky Ridge zinfandel with 94 points which Parker called "pure and beautifully made", the 2012 Trot and Follow zinfandel with 93 points, and the 2012 Lily Hill zinfandel with 92 points: "luscious, heady, sexy zinfandel"
We are so excited to announce that Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate has given Bella four excellent scores! Our 2010 Block 10 zinfandel was awarded 95 points! Parker says the Block 10 " boasts meaty notes with huge richness and is a backstrapping, mouth-saturating, pure, impressively rich, long zinfandel." The 2010 Barrel 32 zinfandel was also awarded 95 points, with Parker noting that the Barrel 32 has "richness, a layered mouthfeel, outstanding intensity, and a full-bodied, blockbuster finish." Our famous Lily Hill zinfandel was awarded 93 points for the 2010 vintage, simply "zinfandel at the highest level. " Last but not least, the 2010 Rocky Ridge zinfandel from the Rockpile wine region scored 92 points with Parker, who admired this zinfandel for its "black fruits galore as well as lots of spice...which make for a big, mouthstaining, full-bodied zinfandel..."
We are very proud to announce that Bella was selected as one of Wine & Spirits Magazine's Top 100 Wineries of 2013! The 2009 Big River Ranch zinfandel was also featured as a Top 100 Wine in the same issue.
Josh Raynolds at Tanzer's International Wine Cellar recently awarded our 2010 Barrel 32 zinfandel 92 Points and our 2010 Block 10 and Lily Hill Estate zins 91 points. He described the Barrel 32 as having "impressive depth and energy" and flavors of "intense dark berry preserve, cola and licorice".
Steve Heimoff of Wine Enthusiast Magazine also was a fan of the Barrel 32 zin, awarding the 2009 vintage with a 94 point score in December. He described it as being "utterly luxurious, offering the best elements of a Napa Valley cult Cabernet." In the same issue, our 2009 Big River zinfandel earned 92 points and the 2009 Maple Vineyard zin was scored 93 points, as well as being selected as an Editor's choice.
In February, Joshua Greene of Wine and Spirits Magazine also had some impressive praise for 09 Bella wines. Our Big River zin was scored 94 points and was included in that publication's "Year's Best zinfandel". Our 2009 Belle Canyon zinfandel was rated 93 points in the same issue.
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We hope to see you up at the winery soon, so you can see for yourself what the critics are raving about. In the meantime, happy sipping!