Bella 2008 Lily Hill Estate Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)
A good example of a ripe, robust Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. It's huge in extracted blackberries, blueberries, chocolate and currants, with all kinds of tangy baking spices. Almost too much of a good thing, but Zin lovers will exult.
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