2015 Bedrock Wine Company "Pagani Ranch Heritage" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend

SKU #1290451 95 points Vinous

 The 2015 Pagani Heritage is the most overt and flamboyant of the Sonoma Valley wines. Inky red fruit, wild flowers, violet, mint and plum infuse this super-concentrated, dense Zinfandel-based wine. (AG)  (1/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Potent, rich and loaded with personality, this offers expressive blackberry and smoky pepper aromas and dark, complex currant and blueberry flavors, accented by licorice and Chinese five-spice powder. The tannins are bold but balanced. Zinfandel and other red varieties. (TF)  (3/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Pagani Heritage Wine was one of the few barrel samples I tasted. It comes from a parcel in Sonoma planted in the 1880s in another mixed blacks’ field of clay. This wine exhibits a dense purple color, deep licorice, creosote, pen ink, and blueberry and blackberry fruit in a full-bodied, spicy style with some earthy, sexy notes in the background. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. Everybody should recognize the incredible speed at which Morgan Twain-Peterson has built his Bedrock Wine Co. into a world-class performer. Moreover, few people have done more to preserve and save heritage/ancient-vine vineyards than Peterson. Here is his new lineup of wines that shows his creative Midas touch for coaxing full character out of his diverse terroirs and blends. His commitment to excellence is something to admire. (RP)  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

The "Pagani Ranch Heritage" blend is predominantly Zinfandel with more off-the-beaten path grapes such as Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir de la Calmette, Petite Sirah and Lenoir. The guiding ethos of Bedrock Wine Co. is informed by owner Morgan Twain-Peterson’s vision of redefining California wine via old-vine field blends. Peterson is the son of the winemaker/owner of Ravenswood Winery, Joel Peterson, and grew up making wine at the family estate. He has studied internationally with multiple esteemed wineries and is a certified Master of Wine by the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) — one of less than 30 Masters from the United States.

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- 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.
Country:

United States

- 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.
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California

- 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).