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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.
Editorial Reviews for Bedrock Wine Co. Lorenzo's Heritage Dry Creek Valley
Very pretty and perfumed on the nose. All sorts of fresh and lightly dried fruit aromas like grapefruit and fig create attractive complexity. There’s also a nice floral top note here and some glassy, nuanced soil tones. This is rich and smooth in the mouth. Plenty of acidity adds its limy mark, but the slightly obviously sweet apple and pineapple fruit absorbs the acidity nicely, allowing it to add a nice mineral fishtail on the back end. The finish is a touch dull with the sugar taking the upper hand most of the way, but that’s a minor detail in an otherwise winning package. 90pts
Effusively aromatic with baked earth and fruit tones baked plum, tobacco and smoky oak with a tarry edge. A bit heavy on the nose. Big and rick with a sleek sweetness to the wine. There is a distinct dried fruit tone to the intense cherry/cranberry fruit here and fine pepperiness and briar accentuates the mid-palate. The tannins a fairly substantial but ripe and well balanced. Good length and typicity 89pts
Very restrained on the nose, very soil driven and floral with a layered quality, some sweet fruit, sassafras, medicinal tone, cocoa powder, and licorice. There is nice depth here and the fruit freshens becoming jammier with black raspberry tones with some nice brambly tones. Polished and dark up front with a bit of a refined edge and obvious wood tannin. Nice and focused through the mid-palate with lightly spice red fruits and a zesty edge to the well integrated acidity and very smooth fine, soft tannins, a touch of violet pastille and blackberry candy on the palate. A bit drying at this point. This will need a year or two to allow the tannins to come into balance, nice fruit and very clean finish. 90pts
Not as fruit forward as your standard Zin but is nicely balanced. A bit oakie for my taste.
Fruit forward zin. Not tannic. Dry and pepper finish. Interesting but have a glass of water handy to cut the dry mouth feeling after. Hoping for a zin less dry.
The Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2010 (93% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah) was sourced from grapes all over Sonoma in a 2010 growing season that, in Sonoma County, was considered by many the most challenging in generations. It started with record-breaking low temperatures in the spring, late bud break, and 20 days of rain in May (double the historic average). Yields were down, and cool climate varietals fared the best. Despite this, winemaker Eric Cinnamon has nurtured a big, bold Zinfandel. On the nose, the 2010 Heritage Vines Zinfandel is immediately generous on opening. Zin’s familiar ripe, jammy blackberry is supported by hints of blueberry jam. Licorice notes develop more gradually. The ripe berry fruit continues through onto the palate, reminding me of what they call in Scandinavia queen jam (a mixture of raspberry and blueberry), licorice, and very subtle hints of toasty oak. Timid palates beware, this Zin packs some heat that at 14.9% alcohol shouldn’t sneak up on anyone. The overall impression is a big, bold – almost decadent – Zin, and I’d say a classic take on the grape that has become a poster boy for the new world trend towards big wines. It pairs well with rich holiday meals with the plate stacked high with turkey and fixings. From Wineshout.com
I tried this Zin on the recommendation of a local LCBO vintage wine clerk here in Ottawa, and supposedly he has forgotten more about california wines than most will ever know! That being said, I myself found it more complex and refined than most of the wines in this price category with a very clean finish!
Bold and peppery. Amplifies spice.
Dark garnet hue with aromas of blueberries and dried cherries; jammy flavor notes of ripe black cherry, blueberry and earth spice focused over a moderate and integrated finish. A good everyday zin for the bbq!
I tried this the other day, and was very impressed. This wine was perfectly balanced and a true fruit bomb! A little spice note on the nose and finish.
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.
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.
Appealing, with raspberry and cinnamon spice aromas and easy-drinking cherry and herb flavors. Drink now through 2017.
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.
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.
Rancho Zabaco is a name virtually synonymous with Zinfandel, but not just any Zinfandel. Rancho Zabaco is crafted for the Zinfandel enthusiast with distinctive wines from some of the finest vineyards in Sonoma County. That means that Rancho Zabaco Zinfandels are exuberantly robust and full of spice the kind of taste that makes Zin lovers smile and say "Wow!"
The 2011 Heritage Vines Zinfandel presents a wonderful profile of blueberry, red currants, and silky structure that speak to the cool 2011 vintage. An additional few minutes in the glass reveal underlying mineral nuances that make this wine really stand out. The moderate alcohol nature of this Zin provides smooth tannin and structure, making the palate very well balanced. The fruit is evident but not overpowering, with layers of black cherry, mixed berries, currants and all spice. This Zinfandel speaks to the old vine DNA of this wine, with earthy mixed berry characters and subtler hints of white and black pepper. The finish lingers on, creating a mouth-watering desire for another sip. - WineryBARREL AGING: 19 months in French, American, and Hungarian oakBLEND:84% Zinfandel16% Petite SirahALCOHOL: 14.5%PH: 3.72TA: 0.61g/100mL
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