2011 Bedrock Wine Company "Saitone Ranch" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Bedrock’s 2011 Zinfandel Saitone Ranch jumps from the glass with juicy dark cherries, violets and cloves. A rich, sumptuous wine, the Saitone Ranch boasts stunning depth and richness, but no excess weight at all. It is a striking, breathtakingly beautiful wine. Floral and mineral notes add lift on the bright, chiseled finish. This is a fabulous wine from Morgan Peterson. The Saitone is a field blend consisting of roughly 85% Zinfandel and 15% Petite Sirah, Alicante and assorted other grapes. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. An explosively perfumed nose displays an array of black and blue fruits, Asian spices and mineral aromas. Sweet cherry-cola and blueberry flavors stain the palate and are supported by bright acidity. Silky and smooth on the finish, repeating the intense dark fruit qualities and closing on notes of candied flowers, woodsmoke and cola. Morgan told me that these vines were planted in 1896.
**Two Stars** From its deep and handsomely formed nose of ripe berries and spice to its concentrated, keenly fruited flavors, this vigorous, impressively balanced bottling is a classic Zinfandel in each and all of its parts. It is as pert as it is potent, and its ample acidity meshes effortlessly with its ripeness and extract. It is charged with lots of youthful vitality just now and will drink famously in the short term with any number of red-sauced pastas and grilled sausages, but, as some Zinfandel will, it promises to only get better as it slowly matures over the next half-dozen years.
Youthful and full of fruit, this is still just coming around. Floral cherry and blueberry aromas lead to sleek flavors that balance crisp acidity and tannins with notes of mineral, herb and pepper. Best from 2014 through 2019.
Made from vines planted in 1896 and consists of mainly Zinfandel with small amounts of Petit Sirah, Alicante and the usual other black grape varietal suspects making an appearance. This wine has the depth and concentration of 100 year old vines, paired with the buoyant acidity you get from the cool climate of Russian River. Rich fruit, blueberries and dark cherry, with spice and a touch of earth, make this wine a perfect pairing for anything off the grill, or braised dishes that have been cooking all day.