2011 Bedrock "Old Vine" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1115458 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. A highly aromatic nose displays ripe cherry, lavender and spicecake scents complicated by notes of cocoa powder and anise. Deeply pitched bitter cherry and dark chocolate flavors gain liveliness and sweetness with air, picking up blackberry preserve and licorice qualities. Impressively concentrated but energetic, with a sweet, seamless and persistent finish.  (6/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Young and still a tad angular, showing an underlying sense of elegance and focus, with plenty of black cherry, toasted cinnamon and spice aromas and flavors. Best from 2014 through 2019.  (2/2013)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Ripe and lively with a touch of something a little high-toned to its neatly defined berry-like aromas and a trim of last-minute tartness to its otherwise pert and well-fruited flavors, Bedrock's Sonoma Valley Zinfandel shows a slight but distinct wiry streak. It has the bright balance to complement tomatoey pastas in the near term, and it should remain fresh and vital for another half-dozen years.  (1/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Bright red cherries, tobacco, licorice, fennel and spices are layered together beautifully in the 2011 Zinfandel Old-Vine. A stunning value, the 2011 stands out for its exceptional balance and polish. This is a decidedly elegant, restrained Zinfandel that nevertheless has serious personality. Within the context of Zinfandel, the style is floral and high-toned throughout. Morgan Peterson crafts the Old-Vine from an assortment of sites in Sonoma, all planted between 1888 and 1935. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017.  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

Let's just say that Bedrock founder and winemaker Morgan Twain-Peterson knows what he's doing. Having grown up at Ravenswood winery where he began making wine at age 5, Morgan worked harvest at Hardy's Tintara in McLaren Vale, Australia and worked as a visiting winemaker at Chateau Lynch-Bages in Pauillac before returning to California to focus on revitalizing heirloom California vineyards and making what he defines as "the most unique, distinctly Californian, wine there is." Only 700 cases were made of the 2011 Sonoma Valley Old Vine Zin. "If there is any wine of the 2011 releases that accurately demonstrates the poised, claret-like, character of the 2011 vintage," writes Peterson, " it is the 2011 Sonoma Valley Old-Vine. The late ripening Stellwagen Vineyard once again was included into this cuvee to lend its dark fruit, and Casa Santinamaria, another vineyard originally slated for vineyard designation, was included for its beautiful spice. The remainder of the wine is composed of Zinfandel from the terraced Los Chamizal Vineyard, some younger vine fruit from Rossi Ranch in Kenwood, a few barrels of Monte Rosso Zinfandel, and a dollop of old-vine Carignane and Mourvedre from my Bedrock Vineyard. This is old-school Zin-bright, focused, and energetic. Like previous releases of this wine, I would expect it will reward a year or so of short-term aging."

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).