2008 Bedrock Heirloom Wine

2008 Bedrock Heirloom Wine

Sonoma Valley

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.

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 10

($35; a blend of 40% zinfandel and 30% each carignane and “mixed blacks”) 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

228 cases made

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