Bedrock Wine Co. ZINFANDEL 750ml 2020
|Region||United States, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley|
|Brand||Bedrock Wine Co.|
This is one of their most powerful Old Vine Zinfandel bottlings to date, but with a somewhat changed mix composition owing to Mother Nature's curveball. The biggest difference this year is that one of the blend's customary main ingredients, Amador County's Esola Vineyard, was picked early for rosé to avoid potential smoke difficulties from neighboring wildfires. As a result, the mix includes more fruit from Sonoma and Contra Costa counties. Just over 20% of the mix comes from the renowned Teldeschi Ranch, followed by Beeson, Sodini, Nervo, Dommen, Pagani, Papera, Evangelho, Pato, Katushas', and Bedrock—basically, a fairly good group of vineyards coming into their most entry level bottling. The final blend is 85% Zinfandel, 7% Carignan, and 4% Cinsault.
The core of the 2021 Old Vine Zin comes from the Teldeschi Vineyard in Sonoma, with smaller but significant contributions coming from 5 other Sonoma and Contra Costa based vineyards. 85% Zinfandel, 7% Carignan, 4% Cinsault and a smattering of other varietals like Petite Syrah, Alicante, and Grand Noir.
NY Times "Top 10 Zinfandels to drink right now" Oct 2023
94 pts Wine Spectator
"Spry and briary, this Zinfandel is fun to drink, with lively black cherry, licorice and dried sage flavors, which take on richness and cracked pepper accents toward zesty tannins. Drink now through 2031." -Tim Fish
Spry and briary, this Zinfandel is fun to drink, with lively black cherry, licorice and dried sage flavors, which take on richness and cracked pepper accents toward zesty tannins. Drink now through 2031. 4,000 cases made.
The 2021 Zinfandel Old Vine is a very pretty wine. The aromatics are really popping today, with tons of Zinfandel red-toned fruit pushed forward. Sweet floral and spice weave throughout, leading to a soft, silky finish. This flavorful,mid-weight Zinfandel is a bit lighter than Bedrock fans are likely to expect. Vineyard sites include Teldeschi, Beeson, Sodini, Nervo, Dommen, Pagani, Papera, Evangelho, Pato, Katushas' and Bedrock.
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