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2009 Bedrock Stellwagen Vineyard Zinfandel – Bottle Notes

2009 Bedrock Stellwagen Vineyard Zinfandel

The 2009 Bedrock Stellwagen Vineyard Zinfandel was the winning bottle in the April installment of Pick My Next Bottle.

Bedrock Wine Co. was founded by Morgan Twain-Peterson in 2007 and focuses on small production wines from several of California’ s most treasured and historic vineyards. The lineup of wines at Bedrock is expanding rapidly, but I think the best of the best are the ancient vineyard Zinfandels Morgan is clearly passionate about.

Stellwagen Vineyard was planted around 1890, and lies less than a half-mile north from Bedrock Vineyard. Like most ancient vineyards of this age, the vineyard is about 10% mixed blacks, with lots of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Carignane, a trace of Semillon, and a “mystery vine” which Morgan Twain-Peterson is committed to one day identifying.

I knew this was going to be the winning bottle for the better part of a day, but I only managed to pop and pour it just before a homemade sausage pizza was pulled from the oven.

Purple in color. 15.3% ABV. Raspberry liqueur and fresh strawberries on the nose. Raspberry compote, bramble fruits, pepper and a hint of vanilla on the palate. The wine is rich, creamy and seamless. The finish is long and spicy. No need for a long tasting note here. This is just a delicious wine that is a total joy to drink. Drink over the next 1-3 years. My rating: 92 points.

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I’ve blogged about Bedrock previously in Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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