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2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Bedrock 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.

Bedrock Vineyard, formerly known as Madrone Ranch, was first planted in 1854. Senator George Hearst purchased the property in 1888 and planted most of the vines that exist to this day. Located in the Sonoma Valley the vineyard is also a fruit source for Ravenswood and Carlisle.

Crimson in color. 14.6% ABV. Savory nose of red and black fruits, licorice, flowers and pepper. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Elegant, claret style Zinfandel. Black raspberry, blackberry, kirsch and spiced plums on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long. Big Zinfandel that still manages to maintain a sense of freshness. This certainly seems to be the calling card of Morgan Twain-Peterson. Best over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 93 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.

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2013 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, Morgan is clearly passionate about.

Carlisle Vineyard was planted in 1927 by Alcide Pelletti on the eastern bench of the Laguna de Santa Rosa flood plain in the Russian River Valley.

Purple in color. 14.9% ABV. Sensational nose of black fruits, plums and flowers. Full bodied with gobs of acidity. Extremely rich and plush. Black cherry, boysenberry and anise on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and spicy. Somewhat bigger than I have grown to expect from Bedrock but that is not a bad thing here. Absolutely delicious. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 93 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.

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The Week in Zinfandel (1/22/18)

Welcome to the latest installment of The Week in Zinfandel. If I missed your post or story please send me a link and I will be sure to include it next week. Cheers!

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2014 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Sherman’s Gold – 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.

Sourced from Esola Vineyard in the heart of Amador’s Shenandoah Valley.

Light red in color. 14.5% ABV. Vibrant nose of juicy red fruits, flowers and minerals. Light to medium body with loads of acidity. Super fresh and tasty. Strawberry, salmonberry and a touch of white pepper on the palate. The finish is long, tart and spicy. Really unique, appealing Zinfandel albeit somewhat different than what I have come to expect from Bedrock. Drink over the next 1-3 years.

My rating: 92 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.

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Top 10 Zinfandels Tasted in 2017

It is the time of the year where every wine blogger publishes their lists of Wines of the Year or Values of the Year, etc. Although I try to blog about all the wines I taste it is clear that Zinfandel is definitely my grape of choice. With that in mind here are my top 10 Zinfandels of 2017 and my rating for each.

The link for each wine will take you to the detailed Bottle Note on Zinfandel Chronicles. All of the older wines were stored in my cellar since release. Wines 3-10 all received 94 points and are not listed in any particular order. This is the 4th version of my Top 10 Zinfandel list.

  1. 2009 Turley Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard – 96 points.
  2. 2015 Bucklin Ancient Field Blend Old Hill Ranch Vineyard – 95 points.
  3. 2013 Matthiasson Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard – 94 points.
  4. 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch – 94 points.
  5. 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Belle du Jour Vineyard – 94 points.
  6. 2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Saitone Ranch – 94 points.
  7. 2011 Ravenswood Zinfandel Old Hill Ranch Vineyard – 94 points.
  8. 2008 Carlisle Zinfandel Montafi Ranch – 94 points.
  9. 2015 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard – 94 points
  10. 2009 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Papera Ranch – 94 points.

A few observations after compiling the list:

  • Matthiasson, Ravenswood and Bucklin all cracked the list for the first time going back to 2014.
  • Carlisle, Williams Selyem and Turley are the only wineries represented in each list since 2014.
  • 2013 looks to be shaping up as an exceptional year for Zinfandel.
  • 2011 might be better than many critics thought.
  • Montafi Ranch (Belle du Jour Vineyard) is my second favorite old vine Zinfandel Vineyard behind Papera Ranch.
  • Old Hill Ranch Vineyard might be my third favorite vineyard behind Papera and Montafi

Last year’s list can be found here.

What was the best Zinfandel you opened this year?

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2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Limerick Lane 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.

Limerick Lane Vineyard is just south of Healdsburg at the end of Limerick Lane. The vineyard was planted around 1910 by Mario Del Fava and has only been farmed by 3 families in the last 100 years. The fruit goes to Limerick Lane, Carlisle and Bedrock.

Bright crimson in color. 14% ABV. Savory nose of red and black fruits, iron and flowers. Medium body with loads of acidity. Elegant, Claret style Zinfandel. Blackberry, raspberry liqueur, minerals and a hint of citrus on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Delicious Zinfandel that will benefit from more time in the cellar. Give this another 2-4 years.

My rating: 92 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 Limerick Lane Vineyard in Top 10 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyards.

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The Week in Zinfandel (10/9/17)

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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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The Week in Zinfandel (9/18/17)

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2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch – 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.

Pagani Ranch is just off Highway 12 in the Glen Ellen area of Sonoma County. Angela and Felice Pagani came to Sonoma County from Italy, purchased the property and planted the vineyard in the early 1900’s. In addition to Bedrock the fruit goes to Ridge, Seghesio, Biale and Carlisle.

Dark crimson in color. 14.6% ABV. Spellbinding nose of red and black fruits, cloves and fresh flowers. Medium to full bodied with juicy acidity. Black cherry, blackberry, raspberry and cocoa on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Blockbuster Zinfandel from one of the top vineyards in Sonoma. Nicely done. Drink over the next 5-7 years.

My rating: 93 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 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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

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