2014 Sonoma Valley "Bedrock Vineyard" Zinfandel
10% Mixed Blacks (Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, and others)
We typically pick our two blocks of Bedrock Zinfandel at least several days apart but in this vintage, both blocks seemed to be on the same pace. As a result, we picked the two blocks on September 1st and fermented them in a single tank. Bedrock Vineyard always produces one of our most structured Zinfandels but the addition of a bit of old-vine Mourvèdre (also planted in 1888) seems to really add refinement to the palate without diminishing the “zinniness” of the wine. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
This wine introduces itself with notes of mint, beef carpaccio, pomegranate and crushed rose petal – intriguing and evolving over time with air. Revealing an intense volume on the palate, this is a wine very much driven by dark fruit signatures. Blackberry pie notes, yield to dark chocolate and black licorice flavors. A burly wine that will require a few years before settling into form, but the adventurous early-drinkers among you will admire its power in the short term. Drink 2019 – 2028. (JCM – 07/18/16)