Vivid ruby. A wild, exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of candied dark berries, apricot, violet and patchouli. Juicy and expansive in the mouth, offering deeply pitched dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors and suggestions of pit fruits and cracked pepper. Impressively complex wine, with excellent finishing clarity and subtle, harmonious tannins. (ST)
The 2011 Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard comes across as quite soft, polished and accessible. In 2011, the Bedrock stands out for its accessible personality. It isn’t as big as in some years, but its balance is impeccable. Hints of tobacco, smoke and licorice wrap around the juicy, expressive finish. Today, my impression is that the 2011 is best enjoyed over the next handful of years, as it comes across as just a bit on the frail side. The Bedrock is roughly 92% Zinfandel and 8% mixed blacks, from a site planted in 1888. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. (AG)
Tightly wound and slightly rustic, with exotic aromas of licorice, orange zest and spice cake, showing concentrated wild berry, cracked pepper and toasted sage flavors. Needs time. Best from 2015 through 2022. (TF)
Carlisle generally pick earlier than some others in Bedrock Vineyard. 92% Zinfandel and 8% Mixed Black (field blend including Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet), these blocks planted in 1888. TA 6.5 g/l, pH 3.6. Minerally dark fruit. Fine dusty overlay. On the palate, rich and very unusual flavour -- blueberry and fresh nuts too. (I wondered if there was some unusual oak here but, according to Mike Carlisle, it is Nadalie French oak and only 18% new.) Soft, a little tangy/peppery. Gentle and complex and then a fine acidity on the finish. Tangy citrus aftertaste. 17/20 points. (JH)
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