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Bella Vineyards: A ‘Fun’ Approach to Zinfandel

By Bob Johnson Mention the word “fun” when discussing wine, and many people would envision a glass of blush or perhaps a rosé... typically with a hint (or a lot) of sweetness. A rustic sign welcomes visitors to Bella Vineyards in the Dry... Read more

2010 Bella Zinfandel, Rocky Ridge Vineyard, Rockpile, Sonoma County

Opaque, dark purple/black color. Scents of vanilla, black pepper and pectin lead to sharp, lightly briary blackberry and plum notes. The ample fruit is softer on the palate, picking up medium-grained, drying tannins at the end. A few years in the... Read more

2010 Bella Zinfandel, Lily Hill Estate, Dry Creek Valley

Nearly opaque dark ruby hue. Pretty floral scents accentuate black pepper laced jammy dark berry fruits, with additional aromas/flavors of menthol, nutmeg/clove, and a dash of brown sugar. The tannins are refined and restrained, providing a smooth... Read more

2010 Bella Zinfandel, Big River Ranch, Alexander Valley

Nearly opaque crimson/purple in color. Substantial aromas of dark flowers, briary blackberry, black pepper, pectin, mocha and menthol. Thick and palate-coating, with furry tannins. The blackberry fruit continues through to the juicy, lip-smacking... Read more

2010 Bella ‘Block 10’ Zinfandel, Alexander Valley

“Block 10” Zinfandel vines were planted in 1905, making them 105 years old in the 2010 harvest. Old-vine Zinfandel, indeed! The proof is in the lush, dark nose, brimming with fleshy black plum and cherry fruit, delightful high notes of Christmas... Read more

2010 Bella Zinfandel, Maple Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley

The color is nearly opaque — a dark ruby/crimson. Sweet, jammy aromas of briary red berries, black pepper, candied cherry, pectin and dark flowers seduce the nose. The initial palate entry is velvety, delivering the flavors that the nose promised.... Read more

2010 Bella ‘Barrel 32’ Zinfandel, Sonoma County

Opaque crimson/purple color. The aromas leap from the glass: dried apricot, jammy red berries, and high notes of white pepper and spicy oak. In the mouth, the wine expands and coats the palate, showing lush fruit and releasing a floral note of field... Read more

2009 Bella Zinfandel, Maple Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley

Nearly translucent ruby in color, this wine already is throwing significant sediment. Its perfumed nose fairly leaps from the glass, showing roses and cinnamon-tinged cherry licorice, slight barnyard and a high note of eucalyptus bark. Smooth and... Read more

2009 Bella ‘Barrel 32’ Zinfandel, Sonoma County

Nearly opaque red-purple color. Throwing considerable sediment already. Only four barrels of this reserve-style Zinfandel were made, and the quality is apparent. Deep aromas of black cherry liqueur, briary blackberry, black pepper, cedar and a whiff... Read more

2009 Bella ‘Belle Canyon’ Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Opaque purple-black, with red tints at the rim. Faint whiffs of eucalyptus frame sedate, sweet, fleshy fruit. At the end, silty tannins pick up a note of licorice root. This wine has a decent mouthfeel, but the flavors lack focus. MSRP: $35 (July... Read more