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Ottimino’s land is a land of dreams. When he came to America in 1913, “Little Eight,” so called because he was the last of eight children and the smallest, had big ambitions. He made his home on a beautiful ridge above Green Valley and forged a life on new soil. He planted the land, especially proud of the vines that nurtured the grapes made into wine for his family’s table. Ottimino became a favorite in the area, and always spoke proudly of his vines.
Eventually Ottimino’s time came to pass, as all things must. But along the way one of the friends he made was Brad Alper, who had a dream similar to Ottimino’s. Brad’s first grapes grew as Ottimino’s time was coming to an end, and the legacy was passed on. Brad eventually expanded his vineyards, and he consulted with other grape growers on Ottimino’s ridge. In time, he knew that all these grapes would need a winemaker to bring their uniqueness to light.
His inquiries led him to veteran winemaker Bill Knuttel, who instantly knew that Brad’s (and Ottimino’s) dream would soon become Brad and Bill’s passion. They have built slowly on Ottimino’s legacy, as befits the traditions of Old World quality and craftsmanship, but the results are now for all to see…and taste and enjoy!
2010 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Biglieri
The 2010 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Biglieri Vineyard Zinfandel is a fantastic and delicious wine that showcases potent combination of careful farming, great fruit and a highly skilled winemaker. The wine absolutely brings all three into a deliciously fine focus. Ottimino’s Biglieri Vineyard Zinfandel is fruit-forward, but the fruit is dark and brooding. The oak is soft and softly toasty contributing to the fruit and spice, rather than distracting from it.
Enjoy this wine now or cellar for five to seven years. Be sure to decant for at least 30 minutes and you’ll be rewarded with a much finer wine than you found on opening. Pair this food-friendly delight with your favorite summer BBQ – or a enjoy sipping it all on its own.
Originally planted in 1988 common stock selected from 120 year old vines in an Alexander Valley vineyard, Rancho Bello produces time and again, some of the most fantastic Zinfandels that we produce.
92pts – Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2011 – Classic Russian River Zinfandel. The vineyard is in the Green Valley, and the wine has the wonderful attributes of ripeness, dryness, and acidity, without high alcohol.
It’s enormously flavorful delivering waves of blackberries, cherries, cola, red licorice, bacon, black pepper and sweet oak. A gorgeous Zin showing class and elegance.
Dense aromas of spicy black plum, ripe cherry, blackberry and bramble are lifted by notes of creamy oak. Flavors follow on, with the entry adding hints of raspberry and cassis.
Dense, juicy tannins flesh out the mid-palate, which leads to a firm finish of great length and persisten