Bedrock Wine Co., Bedrock Heritage 2016

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    USA

  • Region:

    California

  • Grape:

    Zinfandel

  • Grape Blend:

    Zinfandel 50%, Carignan 20%, 4% Mataro 4% + everything else found in the field

  • Winemaker:

    Morgan Twain-Peterson

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Bedrock Wine Co. Bedrock Heritage 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

This is the wine I started the winery to make.   From vines planted by Senator George Hearst in 1888, this is the geographic and viticultural center of everything else we do.  2016 is one of my favorite Bedrock Heritage wines to date, as I tend to prefer vintages that are less about immediate fruit intensity and ripeness and more in line with the old-school “California Claret” these vines were originally planted to make.  This wine is more in line with the 2013 than the 2008 or 2015.  The wine, a blend of the 27 varieties interplanted at our family’s vineyard is roughly 50% Zinfandel, 20% Carignan, 4% Mataro with the reminder being everything else found in the field.  The rocky site yielded a small amount of dense and balanced fruit and as always this wine features the savory, spice-infused character of Sonoma Valley.  This wine will last a long time and decanting is highly recommended if consuming in the next few years.  I have had a few of the more recent vintage wines that really show nicely after 12-24 hours of double-decanting—there is a lot of goodness coiled in this one.

Production Notes

We embrace uninoculated fermentations, native malolactic, the use of whole clusters in fermentation, minimal handling, rarely or never fine, avoid additions of things common in California like water and tartaric acid, and would rather use no oak than cheap oak. However, wine is merely a stopping off point in the natural progression of fermentations that start with fresh fruit and end in vinegar; wine by definition is a result of manipulating a natural process to create something delicious. As such, we see winemaking as a craft and at the core the greatest wines are a rich and refined interweaving of art, science and experience.

Critics Reviews

Wine Advocate 93pts (2016) - A blend of 50% Zinfandel, 18% Carignan and 4% Mataro with more than 20 other interplanted mixed black varieties, the medium to deep garnet colored 2016 Bedrock Heritage Wine has a fragrant nose of violets, potpourri, baking spices, chocolate box, prunes, raisin cake and blackberry preserves. The palate is full-bodied, rich and concentrated with very firm, chewy tannins and a lively line, finishing long and earthy.

Producer Profile

Bedrock Wine Co. was started in 2007 by Morgan Twain-Peterson. Working out of a small converted chicken coop in a friend's backyard, Morgan focused on making personality-filled wines wrought from a small array of thoughtfully farmed vineyards. Over time the chicken coop, with its outdoor fermenters and tiny basket press, gave way to production at another friend's winery before the elegant tin-sided warehouse" eventually became Bedrock's oenological home. After six years of working alone, the winery welcomed the addition of Chris Cottrell as a partner along with a small, dedicated staff. The winery is first and foremost a mission-driven operation dedicated to preserving and rehabilitating old vineyards around California. These vineyards, planted by California's viticultural pioneers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, are living pieces of history. Not only are the duo able to draw inspiration from those very pioneers, but they get to use the materials planted long before their arrival, which have survived two world wars, Prohibition and a constantly evolving marketplace. The beautiful diversity of vineyards is certainly a challenge, but it is equally exciting for the team. They choose to embrace the challenge of capturing greatness from a viticultural puzzle of old vine field blend plantings, sourced from both their own vineyards and beyond. Throughout all their work is a dedication to making wines that maintain poise while being infused with California sun. And, most importantly, that are delicious.