Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Ranch – Bottle Notes

Bedrock Wine Co. was founded by Morgan Twain-Peterson in 2007 and focuses on small production wines from many 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 and Field Blends, Morgan is clearly passionate about.

Papera Vineyard is situated in the Russian River Valley at the intersection of Piner and Olivet and was planted in 1934 by Charlie Papera. Most vineyards from this era are comprised of a number of mixed black varieties. Papera, on the other hand, is 95% Zinfandel. I ranked Papera highly in my Top 10 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyards.

Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Awesome nose of brambly red and black fruits, peach and baking spices. Medium to full bodied with exquisite acidity. Plush and rich. Black cherry, raspberry liqueur, blood orange and spice on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Glorious Zinfandel that is absolutely shining at six years of age. Papera Ranch is just about as good as it gets for this variety! Best over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 95 points.

The mailing list at Bedrock is highly recommended. Exceptional wines, fair prices and great customer service. Put your name on the waiting list.

I blogged about Bedrock in The 2018 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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