2013 Bedrock Wine Company "Evangelho Vineyard Heritage Wine" Contra Costa Red Blend

SKU #1173913 93 points Vinous

 The 2013 Evangelho Heritage Wine is a real stunner. Silky, suave and nuanced on the palate, the 2013 impresses for its balance and total sense of class. Sweet red berries, flowers, spices and mint are all given an extra dimension of aromatic lift from the significant presence of sand found in this Contra Costa site. The acidity is especially bright in 2013, adding to the wine's energy. Carignane, Zinfandel and Mourvedre form the core of the blend. It's always a treat to see what Morgan Twain Peterson and his colleague Chris Cottrell are up to at Bedrock, where the focus is on showcasing California's heritage sites and their extraordinary pedigree, something Bedrock and a handful of like-minded wineries have taken with notable enthusiasm. Many of the wines in this range are field blends, sometimes also known as 'mixed blacks' that Sonoma's Italian settlers favored back in the 1800 and early 1900s, when many of these vineyard were first planted. The Bedrock wines are relatively intense and powerful in style, but they are also quite faithful to a sense of place. The Old Vine Zinfandel and North Coast Syrah, both $25, are among the best wines readers will come across for the money. A new Cabernet Sauvignon from Montecillo and the new Oakville Farmhouse Heritage Wine both left me weak at the knees and practically drooling at the prospect of perhaps owning a few bottles.  (1/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Sleek and zesty, this wine balances polish with a briary personality. Floral raspberry and spice box aromas combine with lively flavors of dried cherry, smoky sage and pepper. The tannins ease in on the finish. Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Carignane, Alicante Bouschet and Palomino. Drink now through 2022. T  (2/2015)

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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).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1