Bella Vineyards

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

8.64 ratings
9.21 pro ratings
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Zinfandel
Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, White Rice, Pasta, Potato, Herbs, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Duck, Exotic Spices, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Pork, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Beef, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Tom Casagrande

My first wine from this Zin specialist. It’s one of their basic cuvées. This ‘16 is drinking very well right now, but I wouldn’t wait any longer. Nose is open and ripe. Definite Zin signature: blackberry, spice, note of maple syrup, teensy bit of gravel. Mouthfilling and fruity, spreading out expansively in the mouth. But it’s nicely restrained, without jamminess or heat. A bit of soft tannin. Not simple, but not complex either. Nicely composed.

UPDATE (night 2): I’m upping from a 9.1 to a 9.2 because rather than degrading over the course of 24 hours, the flavors have stayed fresh but a little structure has popped up to frame the flavors and tighten up the texture a little, and the wine is the better for it. And that also signals that this should keep nicely another 2-3 years.

My first wine from this Zin specialist. It’s one of their basic cuvées. This ‘16 is drinking very well right now, but I wouldn’t wait any longer. Nose is open and ripe. Definite Zin signature: blackberry, spice, note of maple syrup, teensy bit of gravel. Mouthfilling and fruity, spreading out expansively in the mouth. But it’s nicely restrained, without jamminess or heat. A bit of soft tannin. Not simple, but not complex either. Nicely composed.

UPDATE (night 2): I’m upping from a 9.1 to a 9.2 because rather than degrading over the course of 24 hours, the flavors have stayed fresh but a little structure has popped up to frame the flavors and tighten up the texture a little, and the wine is the better for it. And that also signals that this should keep nicely another 2-3 years.

Dec 10th, 2020
Brett Charpentier

Pretty decent for a generic dry creek valley zin. Raspberry jam with slight vanilla and spice.

Pretty decent for a generic dry creek valley zin. Raspberry jam with slight vanilla and spice.

Sep 3rd, 2020
John W
8.0

Very light body and mouthfeel. Fruity but too light for my preference.

Very light body and mouthfeel. Fruity but too light for my preference.

Oct 30th, 2019
Milk Man

Milk had this a year ago

Milk had this a year ago

Dec 25th, 2020