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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.

Tasting:
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.

by Graziano Alderighi
03 september 2012, Food Notes > Wine

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