Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Bedrock Zinfandel

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Bedrock Pagani Ranch Heritage Sonoma Valley (2011)
Comments: Quite perfumed on the nose, with assertive aromas of blueberries, smoke, violets and white pepper topped with a hint of smoke and a touch of shale mineral. A little sweet on entry, then showing lovely balance with an attractive freshness to the lightly floral blueberry and spice mid-palate that wears a creamy streak of vanilla like a scarf around the neck. Smooth in texture, with bright acids supporting nicely polished if slightly chunky Petite Sirah character that leads to a long bilberry, violets and black plum finish. This is really lovely, with great freshness to the fruit. 89 points
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2 Bedrock the Bedrock Heritage (2011)
Comments: Sweet toasty oak greets the nose followed by brambly fruit, along with notes of grilled meats, hickory nuts, cracked pepper, and sweet tangerine and nectarine fruits wrapped in vanilla. Smooth and polished with very fine acidity supporting assertive Zinfandel fruit. All wild raspberry and blackberry wrapped in wonderfully fresh and nuanced herbal notes. The finish is a bit tight and austere, with distinctly red berry, red currant fruit. This is young but shows good complexity and excellent balance. Already delicious, this should be better by the end of 2013 and drink well into 2017. 91 points
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3 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Old Vine (2011)
Comments: Dark, earthy and spicy on the nose, with nuanced sweetness from the oak accenting the dark, sweet black cherry and plum character. With time the oak becomes a touch more obvious, yet it remains very well-balanced. A touch heavy on entry, this is a weighty Zin with super acidic support. The flavors are much like the nose, on the darker, sweeter end of the spectrum with some café au lait notes and lovely bramble notes adding freshness, but the depth and richness of fruit shows through here. The finish too shows a rich plummy quality. Powerful yet a bit monolithic, this might improve over the short term, but probably should be consumed by its fifth birthday. 89 points
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4 Bedrock Wine Co. Evangelho Vineyard Heritage (2011)
Comments: Complex on the nose and full of spicy nuances that highlight the leather, slightly jammy mulberry and black fruit on the nose that also shows a touch of peachiness. There’s a whisper of oak here, showing up as a smoky note and a light dollop of vanilla. Perhaps a little sweet on entry, this is slightly chewy and very rich, but the fruit is quite fresh with a nice brambly cast to the core of red cherry, currant and pomegranate fruit. Super fresh on the finish, once one gets past the impression of sweetness here there’s superb balance and freshness that makes this a pleasure to drink. The finish is a touch short, but that’s the only knock on this wine. This is drinking well today; enjoy it over the next three years for its exuberant fruit. 91 points
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5 Bedrock Zinfandel Monte Rosso (2011)
Comments: Savory and spicy on the nose with a lovely blend of nutty undertones and lovely violet and slightly medicinal top notes to the core of dusty blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. Soft and easy going on entry, this is rather broad and low in the mouth. There’s great depth and purity to the black fruit here, and this shows a more stoic, slightly rustic side of Zinfandel, gaining a little herbal nuance with air. A bit tight and promising, this shows off some fine-grained tannins on the fairly long finish. In a way a bit subtle and subdued, this should blossom with another year in the bottle, and drink well through 2019. The more I sit with this the more it reveals and the more impressed with it I become. Be patient with this one. 92 points
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6 Bedrock Saitone Ranch Zin (2011)
Comments: A little creamy on the nose with café au lait elements framing the core of briary, muscular, dry earth inflected blackberry and wild cherry fruit. There’s a lot of spice here as well along with a lovely floral top note. Another wine with the impression of sweetness on entry, this follows it up with bright, lightly leafy bramble, red raspberry and blackberry fruit that fills the mouth. There’s a nervous tension to this wine, a little austerity that adds a mineral element on the palate, and drives some dry tannins through the long finish. A touch rambunctious, this needs a year to settle but probably will be best while the youthful fruit is still front and center buffering the tannins. The finish is tart and red-fruited with a red currant quality to it, but remains a bit raw. Front loaded and perhaps a touch simple. 91 points
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7 Bedrock Zinfandel Papera Ranch Vineyard (2011)
Comments: A bit toasty on the nose with hints of cocoa; hints of juju fruits and dates bring a sweetness here. There’s nice plummy fruit as well, all wrapped up with some vanilla and cigar box oak notes and a touch of pomegranate seed. Smooth and polished, this has a gentle softness to it, very pure and clear on the palate with compelling depth of flavor. More restrained and elegant than some of the other offerings, this draws you in with mineral, subtle oak, and spice nuances that help to frame the core of very fresh raspberry and red currant fruit. There’s a suggestion of sweetness here, but that disappears on the clean, precise, red-fruited finish that shows the tiny light tannins that still manage to carry a touch of refreshing austerity. Just tons of depth to the red fruit here; I would enjoy this over the next three or four years to catch the delicacy of this fruit. Really love the balance and proportions of this wine. 92 points
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