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2010 Bedrock Wine Company "Old Vine" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1077482 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Zinfandel Old-Vine flows across the palate with sumptuous black cherries, plums, licorice, chocolate and tobacco. The 2010 impresses for its mid-palate generosity and soft, silky finish. Floral red fruits reappear on the close. This is yet another superb choice for budget-conscious readers. The blend is 84% Zinfandel, 12% Mourvedre, plus 4% assorted blending varieties. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022. (AG)  (2/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This dense, brooding red delivers licorice and Asian spice aromas, mixed with blackberry accents, and concentrated, layered flavors of huckleberry, dried sage and pepper. (TF)  (4/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright purple. Fresh red berries, cracked pepper and allspice on the highly fragrant nose. Bright and precise on the palate, offering intense raspberry and mulberry flavors and touch of orange pith. This impressively lively, focused zinfandel shows strong finishing thrust and lingering spiciness--not to mention a vibrancy that's increasingly hard to find for this variety. All of this vintage's Stellwagen fruit went into this bottling. (ST)  (5/2012)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Here is an "old school" Zinfandel that is cut from sturdy stock, and it is rooted in blackberries and briary spice. It is a little burly and slightly tough at the edges, but it is not one that wants to be drunk young, and it is never too ripe or in any way heavy. It has plenty of depth and is a sure bet for keeping, and there is every reason to expect that it will gain further complexity over the next half-dozen years.  (1/2012)

K&L Notes

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 making what he defines as "the most unique, distinctly Californian wine there is." When it comes to Zinfandel, Morgan is outspoken in his vision: "For me, Zinfandel needs to straddle a spot between opulence and brightness, spice, and perfume. It should be powerful but have a certain elegance. The greatest examples I have had have weight but dance. And this is what I am looking for my Zinfandels to do...they should be sultry, sprightly, and sexy. And most importantly, they should ooze soul-satisfying deliciousness." Well, what more can we say, other than that the 2010 Sonoma Valley Zin, with its exotic, spicy perfume, ample core of fruit and intoxicating finish spiked with notes of crushed rock, Mayan chocolate and rose really does ooze soul-satisfying deliciousness?


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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- 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.
Country:

United States

- 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.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

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).