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Bella Vineyards 2007 Lily Hill Estate Zinfandel -- Wine Review

Dry Creek Valley, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week September 6, 2010

A bottle of Bella 2007 Lily Hill Estate Zinfandel, our Wine of the Week review

Refined Old Vine Zinfandel
Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves
2007 Lily Hill Estate Zinfandel


Located in the heart of Zinfandel country, Bella focuses on making world-class wines from the Dry Creek's signature grape. The winery is owned by Scott and Lynn Adams, his father and his three brothers, but it is Scott and his wife Lynn who oversee day-to-day operations. Winemaker Joe Healy, in collaboration with consulting winemaker Michael Dashe, (one of the country's most highly-regarded Zinfandel experts), helps to maintain high-quality standards. In addition to three different Zinfandels (including a late-harvest), the winery produces a Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache and red blend. The 2007 Lilly Hill is made from 95% old vine Zinfandel blended with 5% Syrah. A big, lush wine, its aromas and flavors are of ripe, red cherry, black currant and a bit of bramble and baking spice with a hint of coffee on the finish. Its tannins are appealingly soft yet the wine is well enough structured that it will stand up to cellaring for five or so years. (However, we think it is drinking well now!) At 15% alcohol, it is a bit too robust to enjoy on its own, but try it with thick steaks, ribs, Kobe burgers or, for a more sophisticated approach, herb-crusted lamb chops.

Rating: 14.5/20

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