2017 Bedrock Wine Company "Old Vine" California Zinfandel

SKU #1391551 93 points Wine Spectator

 Old-school meets new in this Zinfandel, with just enough polish and plumpness to match the briary rusticity. Offers expressive black cherry, smoky anise and white pepper flavors. (TF)  (4/2019)

91 points Vinous

 The 2017 Zinfandel Old Vine is gorgeous. Fresh, floral and beautifully perfumed, it is light on its feet yet delivers tons of flavor intensity. Super-ripe red cherry, red plum, cedar, tobacco and floral notes are all pushed forward. Silky tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. The 2017 was aged 60% in foudres of various sizes and 40% in smaller French oak barrels. (AG)  (5/2019)

K&L Notes

This wine is recommended among a selection of Zinfandels in our September 16, 2019 newsletter: "Why You Should Drink More Zin!" K&L Domestic wine buyer Ryan Woodhouse says: "I have sent many of K&L’s overseas visitors home with Bedrock Heritage bottlings in place of their initial choice of a flashy Napa Cab. If you want California in a bottle, look no further than humble Zinfandel. I also believe we’re currently drinking in an era when the grape has never been more revered, and is treated with respect, by a core group of producers who are making some of the finest Zin-based wines ever. The vines are old, the farming is better than ever, and the winemaking is informed and on-point. Furthermore, you can get a bottle of absolute top-notch Zin, from the best, oldest, most famous vineyards in the world, made by the most heralded winemakers to handle the varietal—and you’ll still struggle to spend more than $75, tops. You can’t say that for Napa Cab or Burgundy!"


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2019 | Send Email
Probably my most recommended Zinfandel, period. You get the unrivalled vineyard knowledge and sourcing of the Bedrock team, plus their expertise in the cellar, for an absolute song. The average vine age here is 80-plus years, coming from vineyards such as: Evangelho, Bedrock, Nervo Ranch, and Teldeschi Ranch.

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5