Blended from Dutton Manzana Vineyard and Martinelli Vineyards, Bella Una is a rich and supple wine. Its dark fruit flavors shade from black cherry to bluefoot mushroom, lasting with a deep intensity. This is finely made, balanced and long, with oak adding to the umami tension of the wine. The savory mushroom character places it with braised short ribs.
** Cellar Selection ** You’ll want to age this Pinot because as currently constructed it’s marked by youthful tannins and acids, as well as primary fruit flavors that have not meshed with the new oak. It’s all over the place, with lavish raspberries, cherries, vanilla, sandalwood, Dr. Pepper cola and exotic spices all vying for first place. Give it until 2011 to begin to come together.
From two vineyard sources in the Russian River, the 2007 Pinot Noir Bella Una exhibits a darker, blacker fruit character than the other Pinots as well as full-bodied power, and lots of forest floor, blackberry, and black currant notes. Refreshing acidity, silky tannin, outstanding purity and length, and a full-bodied, opulent mouthfeel suggest this wine should evolve for a decade or more.
Fragrant, delicate, spicy and structured, this full-bodied Pinot shows spice, plum, black cherry, wild berry and floral scents, gaining richness and depth on the finish. Drink now through 2016.
This nicely layered offering shows the winery's signature traits of keen focus and restraint once again, and its mix of deep fruit, caramel and sweet spice comes without the least impression of excess. It is more firm than fat and wants for a bit of age before opening, and, as nice as it is now, it will only get better after a few years have passed.
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