2012 Bedrock Wine Company "Kirschenmann Vineyard" Lodi Zinfandel
A Zin that taps into Lodi's true potential, this is sleek and light-footed, rich and structured. Aromas of wild flowers, raspberry and cinnamon open to graceful cherry, fresh sage and pepper flavors that take on power and weight on the finish. Drink now through 2021.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby-red. Intensely perfumed scents of cherry skin, redcurrant, rhubarb, anise and fresh bay, along with a chalky mineral undertone. Dry, nervy and pure, offering vibrant red fruit and floral pastille flavors and complicating spiciness. Gains weight and power with air and finishes with incisive minerality and excellent persistence. There's something intriguingly Nebbiolo-like happening here. This dry-farmed vineyard was planted in 1915.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Zinfandel Kirschenmann comes from a vineyard owned by Larry Turley's viticulturist and winemaker, Tegan Passalacqua, that was planted in 1915. Because of the sandy soils, the vines were never grafted to root stocks. Every Zinfandel I tasted from this vineyard revealed a Pinot Noir-like, perfumed, elegant, cranberry, cherry and dusty loamy soil-filled character. Bedrock's delicious example possesses those characteristics along with abundant fragrance. Production was only 300 cases and the wine was aged in 20% new French oak. It achieved 14.6% natural alcohol. Consume it over the next 3-4 years. (RP)
From Sonoma County's Morgan Peterson, lifelong old vine Zinfandel-based blend specialist, who's secured an exciting new vineyard source, the Kirschenmann Vineyard in Lodi. Planted to Zinfandel with small amounts of Petite Sirah, Mondeuse and a few other odds and ends this is a fantastic new find in the sea of Lodi vines. According to the winery: "Dry-farmed, own-rooted, and planted in 1915, Kirschenmann is owned and farmed by our dear friends Tegan and Olivia Passalacqua. Tegan, who is the farming and winemaking force behind the Turley wines along with his own Sandlands label, is probably the best farmer of head-trained vines in the state of California. The vineyard, which lies in a cool section of Lodi cradled by the Mokelumne River, makes wines of perfume and finesse. Though many think of Lodi as a very hot area, in reality Kirschenmann is cooler on most days than St. Helena and Calistoga. This, combined with the silica-rich soils and excellent, organic farming makes for a unique combination and equally delicious wine."