2014 Bedrock Wine Company "Old Vine" California Zinfandel
The 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel is deep, rich and luscious, with plenty of up-front fruit and tons of appeal. More of a field blend than a true Zinfandel, the 2014 is soft and forward, with expressive red-fleshed fruit, bright acidity and terrific overall balance. The Old Vine is 77% Zinfandel and a generous 23% mixed blacks. Best of all, the Old Vine Zinfandel is a fabulous value. This is a stellar set of wines from Morgan Twain-Peterson and Chris Cottrell. In general, the 2014s feel a bit brighter and more acid-driven than most recent vintages. Readers should expect a generally lighter set of wines with less mid-palate density and overt richness than is often the case. According to Peterson, on paper acidities are pretty much in line with previous years. Because of the early harvest the wines had a bit more malic acid than normal coming in, but post malolactic fermentation, acid levels re-adjusted back within typical ranges. In my view, 2014 is a vintage that shows the quality of each site. Because of that, some of the wines are perhaps a touch less interesting, but at the same time, the top of the range is truly thrilling.
Plush and jammy, but well-focused, with gobs of fruit and flavors of wild berry, licorice and smoky pepper. Drink now through 2026. 5,000 cases made.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Zinfandel Old Vines is what Morgan Twain-Peterson calls "the gateway drug to Bedrock." It is a cross-AVA blend of lots culled from his other wines and blended. The 2014 is largely Zinfandel, but with some obscure mixed black varietals thrown in for added complexity. It is an outstanding, full-throttle wine with a Mediterranean personality, with loads of Provençal herbs, briary black raspberry and black cherry fruits, dusty loaminess, a lush, full-bodied mouthfeel and dark ruby/purple-tinged color. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. Morgan Twain-Peterson’s 2014 harvest was the earliest in his relatively brief history of winemaking. But I suspect that 2015 was even earlier based on what was happening when I was in California. These are some of the more exciting wines from heritage sites in California, and Peterson has the right philosophy and a go-get-it attitude that is endearing and positive. All of these wines merit serious interest from readers looking for hedonistic, flavor-filled, full-throttle wines that are bursting with personality.