Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves
Variety: 95% zinfandel, 5% petite sirah
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Sensory Notes: This crowd-pleasing, energetic wine has alluring black licorice aromas that are matched by blueberry preserves and vanilla on the palette. A soft finish with assertive structure that gives promise to its accessibility in the next few years.
Vineyard Notes: We created this wine by artfully blending hillside and benchland fruit to make an approachable, balanced wine. Overlooking the Russian River, Big River Ranch Vineyard provides the benchland portion of this blend and benefits from the foggy riverside mornings and warm afternoons. Fruit from Big River was picked in multiple passes to allow for a variance in ripeness which adds depth and complexity to the blend. The hillside portion of this blend comes from Rockpile's rugged, high-altitude vineyard and our neighboring vineyard Collier Falls.