Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani 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, Morgan is clearly passion about.

Pagani Ranch is just off Highway 12 in the Glen Ellen area of Sonoma County. Angela and Felice Pagani came to Sonoma County from Italy, purchased the property and planted the vineyard in the early 1900’s. Norma (Pagani) Amantite still lives in the old farmhouse amidst the vines and her son Dino tends to the vineyard. In addition to Bedrock the fruit goes to Ridge, Seghesio, Biale and Carlisle.

Purple in color. 14.5% ABV. Roughly 50% Zinfandel with a host of other varieties including Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Carignane, Mataro and Mission amongst others. A true Field Blend! Savory nose of black fruits, leather, anise and pepper. Full bodied with perfect acidity. Tremendous structure and power. Black cherry, black raspberry, spiced plums and pepper on the palate. Nice length on the finish. This should age as well as any wine in the Bedrock lineup. Best over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 94 points.

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

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