2009 Bella "Big River Ranch" Alexander Valley Zinfandel
This is dry, rich, heady, spicy and utterly delicious. As usual, it contains a splash of Petite Sirah. Already throwing some sediment, it’s pretty tannic, with complex flavors of wild blackberry and blueberry, black currant, licorice, cola, bacon and plum sauce, with a hint of exotic pepper and spice. This great Zinfandel is a joy to drink.
*One Star* Again a Zin that goes beyond simple ripeness and shows layers of dusty spice, loam, berries and rich oak that run its length, this gusty youngster is still a bit rough around the edges, and its real success will show in time. It finishes with just enough unruly tannin to preclude early enjoyment, and, if three or four years of aging will be of benefit, a half-dozen will see it through to its best.