Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves
"Explodes with gobs of juicy fruit and spicy accents,
knit by firm tannins and finishing lifted and long.”
95 pts | Robert Parker
Variety: 96% zinfandel 4% syrah
Appellation: Sonoma County (Dry Creek Valley, Rockpile and Russian River Valley)
Sensory Notes: An epically delectable wine that shows no restraint when it comes to rich aromas and texture. A complex concoction of juicy black and blue fruits, deciduous forest floor, and cacao. On the palate, layers of cola and sasparilla support its rich fruit profile, while firm tannins suggest a structure capable of aging for some time to come.
Vineyard Notes: The 2016 Barrel 32 represents a blend of our very finest barrels of wine from the vintage. In 2017, the barrels chosen include wine from the renowned Maple Vineyards, our own Lily Hill Estate, Big River Ranch, Zichichi, Rocky Ridge and Jack’s Bench Vineyards.
Vinification Notes: After an ideal growing season that yielded outstanding fruit with great color and flavor, the grapes were harvested by hand between September 7th and September 19th, carefully sorted and destemmed. The wines received two pump-overs daily during fermentation and were left on skins for 30 days. After fermentation, the wine was barreled-down into a combination of 67% French, 25% Hungarian and 8% American oak barrels for 15 months, with 33% oak being new.
Cellar Recommendations: Enjoy this wine through 2032.