2011 Bedrock "Old Vine" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."