Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2014 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Carlisle 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 and Field Blends, Morgan is clearly passionate about.

Carlisle Vineyard, planted in 1934, lies in the Piner/Olivet area of the Russian River Valley. Around the intersection of these two roads you can find a rare clumping of old vineyards that have somehow survived the last 100+ years. Papera, Mancini, Saitone and Montafi to name a few. The vineyard is approximately 90% Zinfandel and a vast array of other field blend varietals.

Bright red in color. 14.9% ABV. Stunning nose of bright red fruits, orange zest, licorice and flowers. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Deftly walks the line between Claret Style and modern style Zinfandel. Well balanced. Raspberry compote, black cherry and white pepper on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and spicy. Just a brilliant Zinfandel and what I envision when I picture Bedrock at its very best. Drink over the next 2-3 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 2018 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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