Food Notes & Tousim 03/09/2012

The flavour of California: Zinfandel

In a small vinery you can find something new and old, in the same time. Bella Vineyards, located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, born in 1994

Lily Hill Zinfandel
variety: 91% zinfandel, 9% petite sirah
appellation: Dry Creek Valley
maturation: 14 months in primarily French oak barrels
alcohol: 14.6%

The grapes for this wine were harvested from from six different “micro-lots” named Lily Hill Estate. The fruit was then hand-sorted and destemmed. Each lot was fermented in closed-top tanks for 15-20 days, and the maceration was conducted with a submerged-cap tank system to allow for maximum extraction of color, flavor and tannin. Aging occurred for 14 months in primarily French oak barrels.

Dark garnet in color, this wine smells of blackberry and wet dirt. In the mouth a gorgeous melange of blackberry, blueberry, and black pepper mix amidst faint powdery tannins and bright acidity. Juicy and luscious without being overripe, the wine lingers for a long time in the finish.

di Graziano Alderighi