Bedrock Wine Company The Bedrock Heirloom 2008
Other Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
#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.
Wine Spectator - "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 Wine Advocate - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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."
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Bedrock Wine Company Winery
Bedrock Wine Co. was founded in 2007 by Morgan Twain-Peterson in a 550 square-foot, former chicken coop with 8 foot ceilings and no fermentation space. After six years of Bedrock being a one-man-show, Morgan was able to talk his best friend, Chris Cottrell, into moving to California from New York to join him. They now happily have a little more space to move around in but share the same objectives that guided the winery at the start.
The winery’s objectives are:
To channel the fruit of ancient vines into powerful, elegant, and distinctly Californian wines.
To spread the gospel of Syrah in California by sourcing fruit from great terroirs throughout the North Coast.
To proclaim the greatness of Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon by sparing no expense on wines of uniqueness and personality.
To reclaim rose’ from the excesses of saignee and focus on precision, delicacy, aromatics, and food friendliness.
To make fascinating and quixotic white wines from unique sites and interesting varietals.
To dream big but keep production low! View all Bedrock Wine Company Wines
About Sonoma CountyRelated Links:
Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.