2014 Bedrock Wine Company "Old Vine" California Zinfandel

SKU #1231621 91 points Vinous

 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.  (1/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/2016)

90 points 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.  (10/2015)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2016 | Send Email
Probably the wine I recommend the most often out of all the CA wines we carry. This to me is the one wine that I would pick to typify California's vinous heritage. Not Napa Cab, not Carneros Chardonnay...Old Vine Zin...from a variety sources. This wine illustrates CA's historic relationship with the varietal, strength in depth of old vines and celebrates the fact that we are blessed with some of the finest weather on the planet. All these factors combined with Morgan's (often under appreciated ability) to get out of the way of a great wine..i.e. he doesn't over make them...letting the vines do the talking, makes this an easy wine for me to put in the hands of many. Exceptional value given the fruit sources and pedigree.
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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2016 | Send Email
Sophisticated and complex in a way that eludes many California Zinfandels, Bedrock is both peppery and lush, with deep berry and black cherry fruit and herbal and graphite notes. When they say “old vine,” they mean it: every vineyard is at least 80 years old. Beautifully inky with strong tannic structure and unexpected minerality, this is delicious, high quality Zinfandel at an unbelievable price.

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2016 | Send Email
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.
The one wine that you’re most likely to find, as all of his wines are quite limited in production, is his “Old Vine” Zinfandel. Made from a selection of historic vineyards from throughout California, averaging over 80 years old, 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. Dark and inky as it’s poured into the glass it’s surprising how giving this wine is throughout. Whole black peppercorns, wild berry, clove, roasted fennel and black tea combine on the pretty yet powerful nose. Slightly brambly, but never sweet or jammy, on entry this is a spiced and complex wine that has everything you could ask for in a zin of this price point. The perfectly polished tannins give plenty of structure to the fleshy mid-palate full of black cherry, boysenberry, pencil lead, dried blueberry and nutmeg. I’m always stunned at just how much wine Morgan packs into this bottling every year and 2014 may be his best vintage yet.

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- 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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- 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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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5