2012 Bedrock Wine Company North Coast Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Syrah North Coast is a multi-appellation blend from five separate vineyards that utilized 40% stems and 15% new French oak. It is a delicious, sexy, up-front Syrah meant for near-term consumption. With impressive levels of blackberry and acacia flower notes intermixed with licorice and charcoal, this wine should drink well for 5-7 years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. Red and dark berry liqueur, potpourri and fruitcake scents show good clarity and lift. Juicy, spice-accented blackberry and blueberry flavors pick up notes of cracked pepper and olive with air, along with a touch of smokiness. Finishes lush and spicy, with gentle tannins coming in late. This was vinified with a good percentage of whole clusters.
Praise from Robert Parker: "Morgan Twain Peterson, the son of Ravenswood's Joel Peterson, has hit the wine scene with a bang, producing vibrant, personality-filled, delicious wines from extremely old vines and, in some cases, virtually unknown grapes, such as Aubun, Teredalgo, Trousseau Noir, Le Noir, Mission, Trousseau Gris, Grand Noir and Abouriou, as well as Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Carignan, Alicante Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo. Many of these sites are heritage terroirs from the ancient past which, until Peterson's arrival, were largely ignored or were co-mingled into some innocuous industrial blend. Bedrock's portfolio is filled with exciting wines. The 2012s reviewed herein will all be bottled and released by Fall, 2014." (12/2013)