2006 Bella Syrah Lily Hill Estate
Dry Creek, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 88

Alcohol by volume: 14.4%
Price at time of purchase: $38.00 (Winery)
Type: Syrah
Principal varietal(s): Syrah

In common with virtually all the other Bella 06's I've tried, this one comes across as very firm, tight, and tannic when first opened. With air (and some food) the quality and complexity of the wine begin to emerge, with black raspberry, blueberry liqueur, roasted fig, dark currants, and a hefty dose of smoke and earthiness coming through in the aromas and flavors, as well as a touch of Syrah gaminess. This is an excellent wine, but one that to me is still relatively stern in aspect. Perhaps another couple of years of age would bring some more elegance and charm to this otherwise very classy wine. - HK 2012-09-09


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