2012 Bedrock "Kirschenmann Vineyard" Lodi Zinfandel
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. 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.
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."