Wine Advocate #210 Dec 2013 Robert Parker 95 Points
The inky opaque ruby/purple-colored 2010 Zinfandel Barrel 32, which comes from -seven exceptional barrels of Zinfandel, - is limited to 175 cases. Aromas of black fruits and flowers soar from the glass. With serious richness, a layered mouthfeel, outstanding intensity, and a full-bodied, blockbuster finish, this classic California Zinfandel is best drunk in its first 5-6 years of life, but my instincts suggest it will still be drinking well in 20-25 years.
“Fairly marked by oak exhibiting aromas that are a little toasty and creamy with dark slightly jammy and very wild black fruit that shows some, dark mineral and root beer float top notes. Mouth filling, seamless and a bit dense, this is packed with RC cola inflected candied black cherry and blackberry fruit. Big and polished, this finishes with lightly spicy vanilla cream draped fruit. This is a bit of a bruiser and while it’s intense and rich I can’t say that I prefer it to the single vineyard wines.” 91 Points
Restaurant Wine - Ronn Wiegand
“Barrel 32— a blend of the top 7 Zinfandel barrels from the, 2010 vintage is quite stunning: very supple in texture, intensely ﬂavored, and well balanced; a Zin with depth, complexity, and excellent balance. It is very long on the ﬁnish, and tastes of blackberry, plum, cherry, black pepper, toast, spicy oak. Aged 14 months in primarily French oak barrels, 20% new.” Five out of Five Stars: EXCEPTIONAL quality. Very highly recommended.
Wine & Spirits October 2013 Joshua Greene
“A selection of the seven top barrels of zin in Bella’s cellar, this wine includes fruit from Big River Ranch in Alexander Valley, as well as Maple Vineyard and Lily Hill Estate in Dry Creek. It contrasts bright blue fruit with brisk tannins that feel strong for a zin. The texture is luxurious, the flavors layering cool forest mushroom and sweet notes of peach – a zin that will gain complexity with cellar time.” 90 Points; Exceptional example of its type