Bedrock Heritage Proprietary Red 2019


Bedrock Heritage Proprietary Red 2019

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94/100 Points, Wine Spectator

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Named Vinous Media's Winery of the Year, 2020 by Antonio Galloni, our tiny allocation of the Bedrock Heritage Proprietary Red is here! It's a powerhouse of a Zinfandel blend. Nothing delicate here folks. It's also one to buy and hold for a few years so that all of that power and deliciousness can integrate and become its best self. Use the time to plan your meal and think big! You'll be working with ripe, dark fruit galore, intoxicating smoky notes, hearty spice and just a big, chewy, tasty mouthful of wine. The winery recommends double decanting 12-24 hours before drinking; that will lessen the longer you're able to hold it. When the time has finally arrived, we say fill those glasses and tuck into beef sliders with angry onions. Barbecue pork tenderloin with grilled onions and zucchini is the perfect companion for the big fruit in this Heritage Red. Beef and cheese empanadas will bring out the dark, earthy side of the wine, and a Dr. Pepper-glazed ham with prunes will delight a crowd. Have another bottle waiting in the wings for a dense, nutty aged Gruyere. That's all you need to know.

Wine Spectator: "Bold aromas of rose petal and orange blossom open to dynamic blackberry, licorice and smoked pepper flavors, building tension toward medium-grained tannins. Zinfandel, Carignan and Mataro. Drink now through 2030. 750 cases made." Jun 2021

Winery: "Over the past few years, we have taken over more and more of the old vines at Bedrock that were previously contracted to other wineries. This has given us more flexibility in assembling the blends and, frankly, has allowed us to better understand our own vineyard—from the subtle shadings imparted by the contours of soil to the different varietal blends in each block. We have learned that Blocks 39 and 42 lengthen the backbone of the wine, provide elegance and substantial structure while the shatter-prone Blocks 27 and 29, a mere 50 yards away, are darker and opulent with an almost licorice-tinged spiciness. The tiny Block 41, with only 390 vines, showcases the white pepper and flowers you might expect from an extremely varietally mixed block laced with a large amount of Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Tempranillo. All of this means that we feel the Bedrock Heritage wine has ticked up a couple notches in the last few years and more and more truly represents all of the old vines at the vineyard. Though 2019 was generally a slightly less structured year, the natural weight and density of Bedrock continues to shine through along with the hallmark citrus-tinged perfume typical of the site. This is always one of the best wines we make and the 2019 is no exception."

Planted 1888: "Always the wine closest to my heart, the Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Wine comes my family’s old vineyard in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Planted between 1888 and 1895 and composed of over 22 interplanted varieties, the Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Wine is the wine that I started the winery to make. The piece of rock strewn red clay soils produced a wine of citrus-tinged red fruits and spice. I hope this wine speaks as much to the vineyard as to the varieties from which it is composed- which of course is the point. Composed of roughly 55% Zinfandel, 30% Carignane, with the balance being the many other varieties scattered throughout the vineyard."

Bottle 750ml, cork
Varietal ~55% Zinfandel, 45% Carignane, Mataro, Syrah, Alicante, Trousseau Noir, & Mission
Alcohol 14.5%
Aging 40% new French oak
Region Sonoma, North Coast, California
Limited at 750 dozen

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