2012 Bedrock Wine Company "Dolensek" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1328801 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a vineyard planted in 1910 on Goldridge soils, the 2012 Dolinsec Heritage is a blend of 70% Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouchet and a handful of other "mystery" varietals. Cropped at one ton of fruit per acre, and aged in 25% new oak, this is a bigger wine at 15% alcohol. Wow! What a terrific wine. Generously perfumed with lots of black fruits, licorice, lavender and Provencal garrigue notes, this beauty offers a full-bodied texture along with a sexy, up-front, delicious style. (RP)  (12/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (sourced from a single 1910 planting that comprises 70% zinfandel, along with alicante bouschet, tempranillo, petite sirah, teroldego and a few other undetermined varieties; 25% new oak): Bright ruby-red. Complex, perfumed scents of black and blue fruits, potpourri and pipe tobacco; smells like there's some cabernet in here but there's not. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet blueberry and cassis flavors and a bracing jolt of peppery spices. Finishes smooth and round, leaving blue fruit and violet notes behind. (ST)  (5/2014)

92 points Vinous

 The 2012 Dolinsek Ranch Heritage impresses for its depth and pure power. Black fruit, smoke, sage, tobacco and licorice jump from the glass. The flavors are more savory and than fruit-driven, while distinctly bright notes inform the sweet, perfumed finish. There is more than enough structure here to support a number of years in the cellar. This is another terrific showing from Bedrock. The Dolinsek is a Zinfnadel-based field blend from vines planted in 1910. (AG)  (2/2014)

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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.

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.


- 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.
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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 (%): 15