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There is No Shortage of Bedrock at Sonoma’s Best


Inspired by the pair of Bedrock wines I detailed in my post I Find Paydirt in Bedrock I decided to look for more in the hometown of Sonoma.  Barry Herbst of The Rare Wine Co. had recommended I check out Sonoma’s Best for an affordable selection of wines.  When I walked into the wine shop, proprietor Tom was pouring samples at the bar.  I took a turn about the store only to be surprised by a dozen different wines from Bedrock.   Tom helped me pick a trio of wines at different price points.  All three of these wines need further age which might seem a bit odd since one is a rosé.  I have no clue how these wines will develop but if the 2012 Bedrock Wine Co., Old Vine Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley is an indication of  drinkability then stash a few bottles in your cellar.   Remember, these wines were purchased at Sonoma’s Best so stop by before they disappear.

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2013 Bedrock Wine Co., Old Vine Rosé, Ode to Lulu, California – $22
The old-vine Mourvedre was sourced from Bedrock Vineyard and Pagani Ranch, the Grenache from vines planted in 1888 at Gibson Ranch, and the Carignane from vines planted in the 1950s at Ukiah.  Alcohol 12.6%.  This took a few days to open up, revealing more floral perfume mixed with fruit punch berries.  In the mouth were ripe flavors of black cherry, some firmness, and slightly  juicy acidity.  **(*) 2014-2017.

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2012 Bedrock Wine Co., Red Wine, Evangelho Vineyard Heritage, Contra Costa County – $34
The fruit for this wine was sourced from old vines located along the Sacramento River Delta.  This wine is a blend of 40% Carignane, 38% Mourvedre, and 22% Zinfandel, Palomino, Alicante, and Mission.  It was raised in French oak barrels and foudre.  This wine had flavors of tart, dark fruit with a citric note.  The flavors eventually play it close despite the easy start.  There was some toast and good acidity mixing with the tightly wound fruit.  The flavors were red in the middle followed by ripe black fruit in the finish.  The structure remained subtle with hints of cinnamon spices and lipstick in the aftertaste.  *** 2015-2020.

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2011 Bedrock Wine Co., Syrah, T’n’S-Blocks, Hudson Vineyard South, Carneros – $43
This fruit for this wine is sourced from one block planted in 1993 and a second in 2006.  The fruit was 50% whole-cluster fermented then aged for 15 months in a variety of French oak barrels.  A little smoke flavor mixed with cool black fruit. There was some sweet fruit grip, a racy finish, followed by a spicy grip, ripe spices and a not quite robust aftertaste.  This is young and clearly leaves the impression it needs some time to develop.  ***(*) 2016-2025.

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  1. Jason Carey DWS
    May 2, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Its so so annyonig that you can’t get most of the “New Californa” wines at retail in DC. I have been getting them mail order since I moved here..

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