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Bedrock Wine Co. Old Vine Zinfandel 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

My 7th place wines and the group’s tied for 2nd Fresh and spicy on the nose with hints of orange peel and sweet carob but not a lot of fruit and rather simple. Easy drinking in a round, supple style, this is rather full on the palate with plenty of very ripe cherry fruit. There’s nice depth and concentration to the fruit, and some engaging tannin on the finish, but this feels a bit simple and weighty to me. 89pts

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Bedrock Wine Co.:
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. Old Vine Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 07/14/2014

My 7th place wines and the group’s tied for 2nd Fresh and spicy on the nose with hints of orange peel and sweet carob but not a lot of fruit and rather simple. Easy drinking in a round, supple style, this is rather full on the palate with plenty of very ripe cherry fruit. There’s nice depth and concentration to the fruit, and some engaging tannin on the finish, but this feels a bit simple and weighty to me. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 05/07/2013

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


Member Reviews for Bedrock Wine Co. Old Vine Zinfandel

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Snooth User: EMark
8478047,572
3.00 5
01/25/2017

“Spicy” nose. It may be alcohol. Funk blows off very quickly. Light red fruit on entry—strawberry is noticeable. Tannin is noticeable, but not nearly as much as the Carlisle OVZ that I had last night. Not the “biggest” zin you’ll ever have, but an easy everyday drinker. Should go very nicely with the burgers that we’ll be having, tonight.


Snooth User: Mr Dolce
4535424,422
0.00 5
11/30/2017

#12 of the 2017 Wine Spectator Top 100. My Son turns 10 Months.


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,572
4.00 5
Vintage: 2013 04/08/2015

Fresh berry nose. Easy entry onto the tongue. There is the initial typical blackberry flavor but not the “in your face I’m a big fat Zinfandel” announcement. I’m not sure if this suggests mitigation from other grape varieties or, perhaps, the desired expression of the winemaker. In either case, a pleasant experience. As the wine travels back nice tannin and acid emerge. Some almost bitter woodiness is perceived at the extreme back of the palate. Very lengthy finish that gives a rustic sensation. An amazing wine for the price. Mine was $20.


Snooth User: RandyFisher
10733941,880
3.50 5
Vintage: 2013 10/22/2016

Tasty clean fruit which transforms into a tart spiciness, then into a zesty light tannin finish. Nice wine.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 07/14/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,572
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 03/27/2014

Very pretty red/purple color. Very big fruity, spicy nose. Whoa. Ton of fruit on introduction to the mouth--blackberry, maybe some stone fruit. Quite jammy. On the surface more fruit than I would like to see, but it really does not go over the line. I would love to try this one with some cheese. On consideration, I think I will. US$20.00 from the winery mailing list.


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,572
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 10/13/2015

Berry-infused entry to the tongue and palate. Very nice tartness mid-palate. Not terribly full-bodied and light on tannin, but a darned easy to drink wine. This one is a winner. Then, when I look at the price I paid, I realize that it is a ridiculously great winner.


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External Reviews for Bedrock Wine Co. Old Vine Zinfandel

External Review
Vintage: 2013 07/12/2015

The 2013 Zinfandel Old Vine, which includes a dollop of Carignane, comes from vines averaging 80 years of age. This Rhône Ranger-styled effort displays notes of raspberries, black cherries, forest, earth, pepper and spice. Full-bodied, heady, seductive and lush, it can be enjoyed over the next 5–6 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2013 07/12/2015

The 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel is once again fabulous and one of the very best wines readers will find in its price range. Rich, powerful and explosive, the 2013 hits the palate with an array of dark red stone fruits, tobacco, menthol and licorice. The Old Vine Zinfandel comes from a smattering of sites, most of them in Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley and the Russian River Valley. As always, the Old Vine is really best described as a mixed-blacks, as other grapes — both red and white — comprise about 23% of the blend.


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Vintage: 2012 05/20/2014

Vivid ruby. Pungent, high-pitched aromas of cherry skin, raspberry, licorice and lavender, with a bright mineral topnote. Juicy and incisive, with sappy dark berry and bitter cherry flavors. Supple tannins add grip to the spicy, floral finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 01/28/2014

The 2012 Zinfandel Old Vine Sonoma Valley is composed of 40% Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel and a kitchen sink blend of five other grapes, the most notable being Carignan, Alicante, Petite Sirah and two obscure grapes called Abouriou and Aubun. It sees about 15% new oak, achieved 14.6% alcohol, and, happily, 1,600 cases were produced. It offers notes of spice, bouquet garni, roasted meats and plenty of red as well as blackberry fruit. The wine displays a wild character, but it is a delicious, medium to full-bodied, very good value that should drink well for 4–6 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 01/13/2015

Becoming a go-to purchase every year, Bedrock’s Old Vine Zinfandel is not only tasty upon release, but will improve and gain complexity over the next several years.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 01/28/2014

The 2012 Sonoma Valley Old-Vine is nearly 40% Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel, with the remainder coming from Casa Santinamaria Vineyard, Monte Rosso Vineyard, Stellwagen Vineyard, Los Chamizal and Scatena. Best yet, I think the 2012 might be the best version yet of the wine- carrying the hallmark spice and perfume of the Sonoma Valley appellation along with deep fruit and good framing acid structure. All native yeast fermented and raised in 12% new French oak. Back up the proverbial truck! Axe that, back up the literal truck!


External Review
Vintage: 2012 05/17/2014

Truly an old-vine Zin made with grapes harvested from vineyards such as Monte Rosso, Bedrock, Stellwagen, etc. that have been around for a century or more. Full-bodied with expressive flavors of spicy blackberry, loganberry, espresso, and roasted game. A great short-to mid-term cellaring candidate (2–7 years).


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Closure: Cork

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Alcohol: 14.4%

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