Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves
This Rockpile AVA barrel select wine merges our best barrels of the vintage from the Westphall and Rocky Ridge Vineyards. Awarded 94 points and "cellar selection" by Wine Enthusiast who calls the 2019 Rocks Edge zinfandel “dense and layered, this extra-concentrated wine holds deep blackberry, raspberry, wood char and grilled herb flavors, with firm tannins and a full body. Black pepper, grilled beef and dark-chocolate notes build on the palate and linger long on the finish.”
Variety: 95% zinfandel, 5% syrah
Appellation: Rockpile (34% Rocky Ridge vineyard, 34% Jack Jr. vineyard, 18% Zuckerman vineyard, 9% Westphall vineyard and 5% Lily Hill Estate syrah.)
Sensory Notes: This beautifully structured wine offers gorgeous aromatics of dark, fresh berries and savory Italian herbs. Layers of structured tannins and rich flavors of cacao and earth give to an incredibly long finish.
Showcasing the best Rockpile fruit of the 2019 vintage, this barrel select wine is comprised of 34% Rocky Ridge Vineyard zinfandel, 34% Jack Jr. Vineyard zinfandel, 18% Zuckerman Vineyard zinfandel, 9% Westphall Vineyard zinfandel, and 5% syrah from our Lily Hill Estate. The Rocky Ridge Vineyard is perched high above Lake Sonoma and the surrounding hills. Its high elevation, along with the thin, rocky soils that give this area its name, provide an excellent location for growing intense, low-yielding grapevines. Jack Jr. vineyard experiences strong winds, causing its dark zinfandel fruit to achieve thicker skins and greater tannin structure. Westphall Vineyard has ideal western sun exposures, while Jack Jr. Vineyard has red volcanic soil and steep slopes—all of which contribute to the character and complexity of this wine.
Cellar Recommendations: Enjoy this wine through 2030.