Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Belle Du Jour Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Bedrock Wine Co. was founded by Morgan Twain-Peterson in 2007 and focuses on small production wines from many of California’ s most treasured and historic vineyards. The lineup of wines at Bedrock is expanding rapidly, but I think the best of the best are the ancient vineyard Zinfandels, Morgan is clearly passionate about.

This is a one off Zinfandel for Bedrock from Montafi Ranch Vineyard. Montafi Ranch was planted in 1926. Located farther up the eastern bench of the Laguna de Santa Rosa flood plain, bordering the Santa Rosa city limits, this vineyard is mostly Zinfandel but does contain a good amount of Alicante Bouschet and Grand Noir. At some point I hope to understand the back story of why this bottling was labled Belle Du Jour instead of Montafi Ranch.

Opaque purple in color. 14% ABV. Stunning nose of brambly red and black fruits, floral notes and pepper. Full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Rich, lush, complex and perfectly balanced. Blackberry, raspberry liqueur, pepper and earthy soil on the palate. The finish on the wine is exceptionally long. One of the best Zins I have had from Bedrock. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 94 points.

The mailing list at Bedrock is highly recommended. Exceptional wines, fair prices and great customer service. Put your name on the waiting list.

I blogged about Bedrock in The 2017 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

I blogged about Montafi Ranch in Top 10 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyards.

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2 thoughts on “2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Belle Du Jour Vineyard – Bottle Notes

  1. Regarding the name, if I remember it has to do with contracts and who could use the Montafi name. I think it was only Carlisle and Seghesio (the owners) and this was extra fruit. You may want to reach out to Chris at Bedrock for the full story once things, hopefully, calm down with the wildfires.

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