Bedrock Wine Co. Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
in mixed case $50.99
This vineyard really does not need much of an introduction. For those of you who might wonder why we are so perpetually excited about it the vineyard though, this is why: Imagine a dude named Emmanuel Goldstein, slogging up a long dirt singletrack in the mid 1880's, clambering up switchbacks and seemingly impossible elevation gain and arriving at an elevated bench overlooking the wooded and relatively undeveloped Sonoma Valley. Looking around at the fertile wilderness of Madrone, Manzanita, laurel bay, poison oak and sage brush he says "alright, this is where I am going to plant a 350 acre vineyard." Then imagine that statement of lunacy becoming a physical reality. On top of that, this wine comes from those original vines, planted in 1886 at over 1000' above Sonoma Valley. It is one of the most beautiful vineyards in the world and the wines are equally exciting.
"Bedrock's 2014 Zinfandel Monte Rosso is magnificent. A stunning mélange of lavender, wild herbs, mint, smoke, gravel and inky fruit is totally alluring. Remarkably nuanced for such a big wine, the Monterosso packs a serious punch. As such, readers will have to be very patient. This is a serious mountain Zinfandel built for the cellar."
Score: 95, Antonio Galloni
Another spectacular wine from an iconic vineyard is the 2014 Zinfandel Monte Rosso. This is from a huge vineyard of nearly 350 acres with lots of different parcels and the famous red soils. The dense ruby/purple 2014 Monte Rosso, which is largely Zinfandel, shows terrific, briary black raspberry and black cherry fruit, superb concentration, licorice, Mediterranean herbs, meat, earth, and a peppery, spicy finish. There is a touch of Alicante Bouschet in the blend, but the Zinfandel is the dominant varietal. Virtually all of this wine is made from dry-farmed vineyards planted in the late 1800s, and Morgan Twain-Peterson believes it can last for decades, although most of us will never be able to defer gratification from this full-bodied, ripe, heady wine that long.
Score: 94, Robert Parker, October 2015
A gusty Zin that's also well-polished. Aromas of black raspberry, orange zest and cracked pepper lead to deep, intensely structured flavors of cherry, black licorice and brambly mineral. Drink now through 2027. 300 cases made.
Score: 93, Tim Fish, March 2016
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