Bedrock Wine Company The Bedrock Heirloom 2008

Red Blends from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 107480
  • red wine
  • WS95
  • RP92
  • ST92
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

Winemaker's Notes

#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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
95 Points

"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."
92 Points

"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."
92 Points

Learn About Bedrock Wine Company

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...

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Learn About Sonoma County

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...

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Learn About Other Red Blends

Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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