Bedrock Wine Co., Pagani Ranch Heritage 2016

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  • Grape Blend:

    Zinfandel + Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Carignan, Mataro, Mission, Lenoir, Petit Bouschet, Semillon, Aramon

  • Winemaker:

    Morgan Twain-Peterson

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Bedrock Wine Co. Pagani Ranch Heritage 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Always a crowd favorite, the 2016 Pagani is a dark and dense wine with many mysteries to tell over the coming years.  A field-blend planted in the 1880s, our blocks at Pagani Ranch are 40-60% Zinfandel, the remainder being composed of Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Carignan, Mataro, Mission, Lenoir, Petit Bouschet, Semillon, Aramon and more.  When looking at the great Sonoma Valley "Grand Cru" old vine sites we get to work with, Pagani plays the Charlie Munger to Bedrock Vineyard’s Warren Buffett- just as smart but perhaps a little more direct and immediately likeable.  Drink 2019-2030

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 93+pts (2016) - The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Pagani Ranch Heritage Wine has a very savory/meaty nose of yeast extract, stewed plums, licorice, cardamom and tilled soil. The palate is full-bodied, very rich and concentrated with very firm tannins and earthy flavors, finishing long and layered with some mineral notes.

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.