2009 Alexander Valley Big River Ranch Zinfandel

An old-fashioned style of zin, this is structured straight through, without a hint of hyper ripeness. The blend is based on a 14-acre block of 110-year-old vines, their limited crop yielding a wine that’s savory in the middle, its broad tannins enriched by flavors of black cherries and crushed strawberries. Those tannins yield a dark, earthy character as the wine extends into the finish. Impressive for its length and breadth, and for the satisfaction it will give when more fully mature, ten years or more from the vintage. (800 cases)

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Bella Vineyards, Healdsburg, CA

Reviewed by Joshua Greene | Dec 2012

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