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2012 Bella - Zinfandel Rocky Ridge

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 94 WA
  • Variety
    Zinfandel

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SKU: 430326-2012-750-2A
  • Vinous | Rating: 88

    The 2012 Zinfandel Rockpile Rocky Ridge Vineyard is dense, powerful and authoritative. A huge core of fruit hits the palate as the wine shows off its ample, broad personality. Although not especially complex, the 2012 offers notable richness and overall intensity, but it also comes across as a bit stewed and heavy.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2012 Zinfandel Rocky Ridge Vineyard from the Rockpile AVA achieved 14.7% alcohol. It is a super-rich, dry, exuberant, boisterous, All-American, classic Zinfandel with lots of raspberry, blueberry and black cherry fruit, pepper and spice characteristics. Pure and beautifully made, with the oak only a subtle nuance, this full-bodied, elegant Zinfandel should drink well for 5-7 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2014-2019
    Author: carol

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Zinfandel is native to Croatia but today is regarded as California’s signature variety. It is made in a range of styles, the best of which are full-bodied wines with high alcohol and aromas of red and black fruit, dried berry, cardamom, anise, smoke, and black pepper. Look to producers Turley, Martinelli, and Ridge for some of the best examples of California Zin.

Zinfandel’s full body and high alcohol require a strong dish to pair, and curries, spiced barbeque, light meats, and hard cheeses make great choices.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 22 bottles owned
  • 6 collectors