Bedrock Wine Company Old Vine Zinfandel 2019 | Stellar Zin from 80-Year-Old Vines
Old-school meets new in this Bedrock Wine Company Old Vine Zinfandel 2019. While Bedrock is one of the hottest brands in California, and their 2019 Old Vine Zin from 100pt-scoring Master of Wine Morgan Twain-Peterson is a stunner. No wonder Robert Parker called Bedrock a “world class performer.”
Bedrock Wine Company takes immense pride in the quality of this wine. Most of all reflecting how good California’s beloved Zinfandel can be. Comprising Zinfandel blended with Petite Sirah, Carignan & Alicante Bouschet and many different interplanted varieties that maintain poise and add complexity and structure. This has plenty of juiciness and should be delightful in the nearer term with a good decant. However, as many have discovered this wine will age gracefully and improve with time in the bottle.
Bedrock Wine Company Old Vine Zinfandel 2019 pours a medium purple color with a bright sheen. Black raspberry, pomegranate, and plum aromas are met with complex flourishes of clove, black pepper, cardamom, bramble, star anise, and rose petal. Yet, firm and concentrated, with slightly gritty tannins that lend the wine a chewy mouthfeel. While charming and ripe black and blue fruit flavors on the entry gain cedar and spice box notes as they glide across the palate, leading to a prolonged and peppery finish. Drink now – 2026.
About the Winemaker Morgan Twain-Peterson – Ravenswood sound familiar?
If Morgan Twain-Peterson’s upbringing as the son of legendary Ravenswood Winery founder Joel Peterson deserves a mention, it is partially because Morgan himself has such reverence for history. If the mention is brief, it is because the 100-point winemaker’s present pursuits and stellar reputation have managed to push his pedigree into the background. Robert Parker is a fan who has gotten to know Morgan. Parker wrote that Morgan “has built his Bedrock Wine Co. into a world-class performer. While Parker’s raves about Morgan’s “Midas touch” are backed by the two perfect 100-point scores he has bestowed on the wines of Twain-Peterson and his partner Chris Cottrell.
Twain-Peterson’s mind and mission center on old vines while assuring that 80 percent of the vines he and his partner Chris Cottrell work with are at least 80 years old. The 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Co-Winemaker of the Year believes the conventional wisdom that older vines mean more concentration. Furthermore, in the vineyard, only the exceptional survive: “If a vineyard has lasted through two world wars (and) Prohibition, it must be special.”
About Bedrock Wine Company | Dream Big!
So, Bedrock Wine Company was founded in 2007 by Morgan Twain-Peterson in a 550 square-foot, former chicken coop. Then, after six years of Bedrock being a one-man-show, Morgan got his best friend, Chris Cottrell to join him. They now happily have a little more space to move around in. Yet they 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. Then, spread the gospel of Syrah in California by sourcing fruit from great terroirs throughout the North Coast. Proclaim the greatness of Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon by sparing no expense on wines of uniqueness and personality. Finally, reclaim rose’ from the excesses of saignee and focus on precision, delicacy, aromatics, and food-friendliness.
Make fascinating and quixotic white wines from unique sites and interesting varietals.
So, Dream big but keep production low!