2015 Bedrock Wine Company "Old Vine" California Zinfandel

SKU #1303554 93 points Wine Spectator

 No. 12 on Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2017 - *Smart Buys* Rich and supple, this is an explosion of pure, decadent fruit. Floral huckleberry and Chinese five-spice powder aromas open to layered blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2026. (TF)  (6/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The reds start with the 2015 Zinfandel Old Vine, which comes from many different old-vine vineyards largely based around three farms in Sonoma planted in 1888, 1896 and 1905. In addition, there is a kitchen-sink blend of other old-vine sites as well. Peterson guesses that the average age of the material in the blend is at least 80 years. The bend is 90% Zinfandel and the rest Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache, Carignan, Mataro and a few other eccentric black varieties. This delicious wine shows terrific fruit, loads of steak tartare, ground pepper, black raspberry and blackberry fruits, licorice, creosote and an Amarone-like character. It is dense, full-bodied, vibrant and energized. Drink it over the next 5-6 years if you can wait that long. 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)

Vinous

 The 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel is surprisingly delicate and restrained in this vintage. Sweet red cherry and plum flavors are nicely pushed forward. Silky tannins add to the wine's accessible, open-knit personality. In this vintage, the Zinfandel is bumped up in the blend, and that comes through loud and clear. This is a remarkable set of wines from Morgan Peterson and Chris Cottrell at Bedrock. The 2015 Zinfandel and Zinfandel-based blends are outrageously beautiful. My impression is that the fruit is being picked a bit earlier than in the past, as the wines have more brightness and freshness than was once the norm, and yet they also have plenty of the depth that has been such a signature here since the beginning. Cottrell attributes the increased ability to pick earlier to a greater emphasis on dry farming. Whatever the reason or reasons, the 2015s are tremendous. (AG)  (1/2017)

K&L Notes

***No. 12 on Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2017*** Morgan Twain-Peterson may be the most talented young winemaker in United States. How could he not be growing up in vineyards besides his well known father, winemaker Joel Peterson (Ravenswood). Morgan has done exceptionally well in the eyes of the press, and us here at K&L, with his label Bedrock. His wines are thoughtfully crafted small production bottlings from old vines located in "Heritage" vineyards throughout California. Hard to come by, these Bedrock wines already have a loyal and rabid following that just keeps growing year after year. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2017 | Send Email
The one wine that you’re most likely to find from Bedrock, as all of the wines are quite limited in production, is the “Old Vine” Zinfandel. Made from a selection of historic vineyards from throughout California, averaging over 80 years old and coming from some of the biggest and best names in Zinfandel, this is not only one of the best Zinfandel values on the market but one of the best values period in the world of California wine. Lustily fruited this intertwines both higher toned red fruits and lower toned black fruits on the nose along with exotic spice notes of Szechwan pepper and star anise. Fully weighted but with soft and flexible tannins and a velvety mouthfeel this is a rare find in the world Zin. Wild berries, 72% dark chocolate, cherry coulis, ground white pepper and a finishing flair of black cardamom all combine for one tremendous and very affordable Zin.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2017 | Send Email
Bedrock is one of my all-time favorite Zin producers in the world, on par with Ridge for my top spot. Winemaker Morgan is an absolute genius and one of the best winemakers in the US. What I love and find unique about his wines is his search for old, forgotten, decrepit vineyards that he finds and revitalizes and turns into the beautiful wines under his Bedrock label. There is no better example of that than in this "Old Vine" offering combining some of the best Zinfandel vineyards in California. Everything I look for in a great wine is present here: bright acidity, rich, balanced fruit, and complex minerality for balance. I think these Bedrock wines are worth far more than their price, especially from such a talented winemaker. I can't say enough good things about this wine and the incredible history behind it.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2017 | Send Email
I tasted this lively, old vine zinfandel at a staff tasting on 2 May. It has wonderful acidity and tannin to balance the lushness of the old vine fruit. Blackberries, cocoa, nutmeg and spice dominate, with the acidity coming up on the lingering finish. Add the Bedrock quality and attention to detail and you have an extremely memorable wine in this particular release. Fruit for this zin comes from 80 year old vines!

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2017 | Send Email
A classic rich and fruity Zinfandel that is done right. It is full bodied , juicy and jammy, but also is balanced and pretty. It offers deep rich dark fruit flavors and is good alone but will go well with hearty foods.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2017 | Send Email
The Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel is a very classy Zin, made from parcels of some of the oldest Zinfandel vines in all of California, and the most premier plots. The wine is full bodied and lush, brimming with jammy raspberry, blackberry and smoky red and black pepper spices, but is held in place by tight knit tannin and an elegant, persistent acidity. Certainly ready to enjoy now, but could open up even further with cellaring.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2017 | Send Email
Bedrock is becoming one of my favorite California producers for their fantastic quality and diverse vineyard locations. Sourced from a number of different old vine sites, this Zinfandel is beautifully bold and vibrant that expresses notes of ripe cherries, plums, blackberries and black pepper with a lovely long finish. This lifted, elegant Zin is delicious and not to be missed!

Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2017 | Send Email
Zinfandel is the wine that hooked me in 1978 and I'm still here! Thank goodness Bedrock is preserving all these great old Zinfandel vineyards. I love the wines and I always have a bottle of old vine sent to my hotel in Hong Kong every November to have with my spicy duck!

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2017 | Send Email
The 2015 version of the "Old Vines" is again, firm, dry and focused although a bit bigger and broader than the 2014. Cherries, raspberries, spice, licorice and dried flowers are spread through the mid-palate. A bit of brambly blackberry and subtle pepper shows up on the finish. This is a serious value fashioned from heritage vines.

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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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5