#37 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
The 2008 Bedrock Heirloom Wine comes from the 120 year old vines at my vineyard in Sonoma Valley. It is composed of 18 different interplanted, field-blended, varietals of which Zinfandel and Carignan dominant (Roughly 40% Zinfandel, 30% Carignane, and the last 40% the mixed blacks). It represents the absolutely unique blend of varietals found in the oldest vineyards in the state (of which Bedrock is one of the oldest). The wine was fermented using native yeasts in open-top redwood vats where it was manually punched-down. Following fermentation the wine was manually basket-pressed into 100% French oak barrels, of which 35% were new from the finest cooperages of Rousseau, Cadus, and Boutes. The Zinfandel element was aged in a once used, 500 liter puncheon. It was not racked until bottling after 12 months in barrel.
The 2008 is a bright effort, with plenty of high-tone spice and exuberant red-fruits. It probably needs a little more time then the Lorenzo's to calm down (as is typical with old-vines from Sonoma Valley). Again, you will find more structure and depth in this wine as it is made to age.
"An incredible Zinfandel blend that offers depth, balance and a distinctive sense of place. Bold aromas of violet, wild berry and licorice lead to rich, ripe and layered flavors of huckleberry, fresh sage and brown baking spices. The finish goes on and on. Zinfandel, Carignane and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2015."
"The 2008 Heirloom Proprietary Red is a blend of 30% Zinfandel, 30% Carignan, and 40% mixed blacks from one of California’s oldest vineyards (120 years of age, with 18 different varietals). It is the type of wine you just can’t find anywhere else. It exhibits a dense purple color along with abundant aromas of chocolate, herbs, meat juices, spice box, and black as well as red fruits. A gorgeous, hedonistic, full-throttle red, it proves that the pioneers who planted these mixed black vineyards knew exactly what they were doing. With sweet tannins, good body, and 14%-15% natural alcohol, it should drink well for 4-5 years."
The Wine Advocate
"Opaque ruby. Highly seductive aromas of raspberry and blackberry liqueur, rose petal, incense and spicecake; smells like a new school southern Rhone wine. Supple, silky and extroverted, with a pronounced sweetness to its red and dark fruit flavors. Really spreads out to saturate the palate and finishes with impressive thrust and clarity."
International Wine Cellar