Bedrock Wine Co. Lorenzo's Heritage Dry Creek Valley 2012
Wine: "Crafted in the heart of Sonoma County's "Zin Zone," Rancho Zabaco wines showcase the decadent flavor characteristics of some of Sonoma's most sought after vineyards. Named for an historic Mexican land grant, Rancho Zabaco wines are an authentic expression of a special place and time in Sonoma's history." "Often called "America's Grape," Zinfandel originated in Croatia in Eastern Europe and migrated to the U.S. in the early 19th century. By the middle of the 19th century, Zinfandel had made it all the way to California and was prospering throughout Sonoma County." "Zinfandel vines are naturally vigorous, requiring careful pruning, canopy management and irrigation to balance the health and fruitfulness of the vineyard. Wines made from Zinfandel grapes can range from refined and elegant to hearty and robust, and are characterized by flavors of black or red fruits and spicy notes of pepper and ginger." "At Rancho Zabaco, our Zinfandel wines offer exceptional quality and complexity, as we use a variety of Zinfandel grapes from Sonoma County's "Zin Zone" to experiment with new grapegrowing and winemaking methods. For example, we use multiple field selection clones from some of our longtime growers in the Dry Creek Valley, which affords us more options when it’s time to blend: a little more spice from one batch, a little more dark fruit from another. Our unique 101 Zinfandel clone produces smaller berries and looser clusters, which translates to more color and flavor intensity in our wines.- Winery Region: "A series of ridges and valleys, positioned diagonally to the ocean by the clashing of the earth's crust over millennia, give Sonoma County its famous collection of climate zones, soil types and vineyard sites. All of the forces of nature conspired here to make a perfect vineyard for any type of wine grape. The vast Pacific Ocean ushers in cooling breezes that spawn fog banks, which continually settle over the vines. Further inland, broad alluvial plains fill the eastern portion of the county, where sun-loving varieties, like Zinfandel, prosper best. Eroded volcanoes, upturned mountaintop seabeds, river rocks and silt provide the raw materials for vineyard soils that suit each vine to perfection." - Winery
Bedrock is an itsy-bitsy winery making wine in a converted chicken coop. Fruit from only the most excellent vineyard sites is hand pitch-forked into the destemmer, fermented in open top redwood and stainless vats using only native yeasts, and are manually basket pressed by winemaker Morgan Twain-Peterson into the sexiest oak from the coldest French forests.
More red than blue purple color. Fairly fruity on entry but not the raspberry thing that I often get from DCV Zins—or Zin-heavy blends. More like stewed fruits—plum, apricot. Very mellow tannin. Mild acid. Another easy-to-drink wine, but not particularly complex.
Not as fruit forward as your standard Zin but is nicely balanced. A bit oakie for my taste.
External Reviews for Bedrock Wine Co. Lorenzo's Heritage Dry Creek Valley
A stunning wine made from Gallo’s holdings in Sonoma, Dry Creek and Lodi, this 2012 Zinfandel Heritage Vines (100% varietal) tips the scales at 15.26% alcohol. Displaying lots of pepper as well as full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal intensity, briery, berry fruit and a big, juicy, succulent mouthfeel and finish, this $15 Zinfandel offers a lot of wine and considerable flavor as well as authority. It is a sensational bargain.
Appealing, with raspberry and cinnamon spice aromas and easy-drinking cherry and herb flavors. Drink now through 2017.
The 2012 Lorenzo’s Heritage comes from an alluvial bench of red gravelly soils, and the non-irrigated vines are at least 100-years-old. Another blend of Zinfandel, Carignan, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouchet, it was aged in 30% new French oak, it achieved 15.4% natural alcohol, and 600 cases were produced. Full-bodied with copious notes of charcuterie, roasted meat, Provencal herbs, lavender and spice box, this full, thick, juicy red exploits in a brilliant manner these old field blends of mixed blacks. Drink it over the next 5–6 years.
Bright ruby. Potent aromas of musky cherry pit, blueberry and bitter chocolate, with a smoky topnote that builds with air. Plush, round and sweet, offering smoky black and blue fruit, mineral and floral pastille flavors complicated by cracked pepper and licorice. Finishes smoky and very long, with pliant tannins coming on late.
The aroma recalls a warm summer day in the vineyard, with scents of wild berry, dried flowers and sage. The flavors are deep and distinctive, showing notes of smoky pepper, mineral and grilled anise, and the tannins gain power on the finish. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Valdiguié and Cinsault. Best from 2016 through 2022.