2015 Bedrock Wine Company "Old Vine" California Zinfandel SKU #1303554


WS 93 RP 90
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***No. 12 on Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2017*** Morgan Twain-Peterson may be the most talented young winemaker in United States. How could he not be growing up in vineyards besides his well known father, winemaker Joel Peterson (Ravenswood). Morgan has done exceptionally well in the eyes of the press, and us here at K&L, with his label Bedrock. His wines are thoughtfully crafted small production bottlings from old vines located in "Heritage" vineyards throughout California. Hard to come by, these Bedrock wines already have a loyal and rabid following that just keeps growing year after year. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    The one wine that you’re most likely to find from Bedrock, as all of the wines are quite limited in production, is the “Old Vine” Zinfandel. Made from a selection of historic vineyards from throughout California, averaging over 80 years old and coming from some of the biggest and best names in Zinfandel, this is not only one of the best Zinfandel values on the market but one of the best values period in the world of California wine. Lustily fruited this intertwines both higher toned red fruits and lower toned black fruits on the nose along with exotic spice notes of Szechwan pepper and star anise. Fully weighted but with soft and flexible tannins and a velvety mouthfeel this is a rare find in the world Zin. Wild berries, 72% dark chocolate, cherry coulis, ground white pepper and a finishing flair of black cardamom all combine for one tremendous and very affordable Zin.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    Bedrock is one of my all-time favorite Zin producers in the world, on par with Ridge for my top spot. Winemaker Morgan is an absolute genius and one of the best winemakers in the US. What I love and find unique about his wines is his search for old, forgotten, decrepit vineyards that he finds and revitalizes and turns into the beautiful wines under his Bedrock label. There is no better example of that than in this "Old Vine" offering combining some of the best Zinfandel vineyards in California. Everything I look for in a great wine is present here: bright acidity, rich, balanced fruit, and complex minerality for balance. I think these Bedrock wines are worth far more than their price, especially from such a talented winemaker. I can't say enough good things about this wine and the incredible history behind it.
    Top Value!
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    I tasted this lively, old vine zinfandel at a staff tasting on 2 May. It has wonderful acidity and tannin to balance the lushness of the old vine fruit. Blackberries, cocoa, nutmeg and spice dominate, with the acidity coming up on the lingering finish. Add the Bedrock quality and attention to detail and you have an extremely memorable wine in this particular release. Fruit for this zin comes from 80 year old vines!
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    A classic rich and fruity Zinfandel that is done right. It is full bodied , juicy and jammy, but also is balanced and pretty. It offers deep rich dark fruit flavors and is good alone but will go well with hearty foods.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    The Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel is a very classy Zin, made from parcels of some of the oldest Zinfandel vines in all of California, and the most premier plots. The wine is full bodied and lush, brimming with jammy raspberry, blackberry and smoky red and black pepper spices, but is held in place by tight knit tannin and an elegant, persistent acidity. Certainly ready to enjoy now, but could open up even further with cellaring.
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    Bedrock is becoming one of my favorite California producers for their fantastic quality and diverse vineyard locations. Sourced from a number of different old vine sites, this Zinfandel is beautifully bold and vibrant that expresses notes of ripe cherries, plums, blackberries and black pepper with a lovely long finish. This lifted, elegant Zin is delicious and not to be missed!
  • Ralph Sands
    By: Ralph Sands
    K&L Staff Member
    Zinfandel is the wine that hooked me in 1978 and I'm still here! Thank goodness Bedrock is preserving all these great old Zinfandel vineyards. I love the wines and I always have a bottle of old vine sent to my hotel in Hong Kong every November to have with my spicy duck!
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2015 version of the "Old Vines" is again, firm, dry and focused although a bit bigger and broader than the 2014. Cherries, raspberries, spice, licorice and dried flowers are spread through the mid-palate. A bit of brambly blackberry and subtle pepper shows up on the finish. This is a serious value fashioned from heritage vines.


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