2010 Bedrock Wine Company "The Bedrock Heirloom" Sonoma Valley Red Wine

SKU #1077481 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Bedrock Heirloom Wine Bedrock Vineyard is a hugely intriguing wine made from a blend of 60% Zinfandel, 25% Carignane and 15% comprised of 22 varieties that are interspersed throughout the vineyard. Dark black cherries, plums, graphite, mint, wild herbs and licorice are woven together in this gorgeous, finely sculpted wine. Layers of sweet, perfumed fruit develop in the glass, adding lift and freshness. Firm tannins suggest the wine will drink well for a number of years. (AG) 92+  (2/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Glass-staining ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of black raspberry, cherry compote, sandalwood and potpourri. Sappy, palate-staining dark fruit and floral pastille flavors show excellent intensity and clarity, picking up spiciness with air. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to the very long, spicy finish.  (5/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Briary and rather rough around the edges, with black cherry and brown baking spice aromas and zesty, ripe blackberry cobbler, tar and roasted sage and anise flavors that finish with rustic tannins. (TF)  (2/2012)

K&L Notes

San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines of 2012: "The mix of Zinfandel, Carignane, Mourvèdre, Syrah and more from Morgan Twain-Peterson's heritage vineyard right near Valley of the Moon shows the value of keeping century-old vines in the ground. A briary, blackberry-leaf aspect is matched by the spice of volcanic soils, citrus and fresh raspberry. Complex and classic, the pinnacle of California field blends." Let's just say that Bedrock founder and winemaker Morgan Twain-Peterson knows what he's doing. Having grown up at Ravenswood winery where he began making wine at age 5, Morgan worked harvest at Hardy's Tintara in McLaren Vale, Australia and worked as a visiting winemaker at Chateau Lynch-Bages in Pauillac before returning to California to focus on revitalizing heirloom California vineyards and make what he defines as "the most unique, distinctly Californian, wine there is." His 2010 "Heirloom" Sonoma Valley Red is a composed of approximately 55% Zinfandel, 25% Carignane, 11% Mourvedre, and 9% old vine Syrah (picked and vinified separately), plus a mixture of other field varieties from Bedrock vineyard. Occupying 152 acres in the heart of Sonoma, Bedrock Vineyard is a California Heritage site. It was founded in 1854, by by Generals William Tecumseh Sherman and Fightin' Joe Hooker, and later replanted in 1888 by Senator George Hearst after devastation by phylloxera. It has been in production for over 150 years.

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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).