Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves
VINIFICATION NOTES: After a beautifully even-growing season that produced wonderful color and concentration, we
harvested the grapes for our Hills and Benches zinfandel between September 13th and October 15th. The
grapes were destemmed and put into closed-top fermentation tanks (separated by varietal and block), with
twice-daily pump-overs during fermentation. Fruit had an average of 24 days spent on the skins before being
aged for 18 months in a combination of 82% French, 10% Hungarian and 8% American oak barrels, 17% being
VINEYARD NOTES: We created this wine by artfully blending hillside and benchland fruit from our Lily Hill Estate.
An incredible diversity lies in the soil, from the heavy loam at the base of Lily Hill to the iron-rich soils on the
steep slopes at higher altitudes. Lily Hill produces beautiful classic Dry Creek Valley characteristics, while the
syrah and petite syrah add structure and depth.
SENSORY NOTES: This bright, friendly zin from Lily Hill opens with wild blueberries, raspberries and spice. A
smooth mouthfeel is underscored by black pepper and dusty earth, with soft tannins and an approachability
that Hills + Benches is known for.