Over One Hundred Years In The Making:
2017 Bedrock Heritage Red Bedrock Vineyard

Posted by Ian McFadden

Bedrock’s Heritage Red is made from one of the oldest vineyards in the entire country, and the results are stunning.

Yes, these vines survived two world wars and prohibition and are now an astonishing 131 years old.

Morgan and his Bedrock winery are steeped in California wine history - both philosophically and physically.

Bedrock has made it their mission to preserve and rehabilitate old vine plantings throughout California and through this effort they have unearthed incredible vineyard sites. Their namesake site, Bedrock Vineyard, was planted by California’s winemaking pioneers in 1888.

Importantly, Bedrock reminds us of the true power of Zinfandel. Forget the high-alcohol, raisin-y bottles you’ve had in the past. This is Zinfandel as it was meant to be - elegant, vibrant, structured, and complex.

To produce deeply structured and fascinating Zinfandels, Bedrock focuses on very old vineyards. Often, as is the case here, he embraces field blends to add complexity and harmony to Zinfandel. Heritage is about 50% Zinfandel and then relies on a laundry list of California's historical plantings: Carignane, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir de la Calmette, Syrah, Tempranillo, Trousseau, Mission, Negrette, Mondeuse, Lenoir, Aubun, and that's just the start...

There was a lot of wisdom to these old-fashioned practices and Bedrock seeks to tap into this. In those days, the wines were inspired by the old world, but a distinctively California flavor was added right down to the bizarre combinations of grapes that reflect the viticultural melting pot that it was.

If you have had an aged Ridge Geyserville you get a sense of the style here.

The warm 2017 vintage perfectly captures the power of a well-made field blend. The late ripening varieties, like Syrah and Carignan, retain beautiful acidity and perfume, while the early ripening varieties, such as Petite Sirah and Tempranillo, add luscious dark fruit. As a result, the 2017 Heritage Red is impeccably well balanced and capable of aging for a decade or more.

The results are beautiful, fascinating and above all, important. This is a wine, literally, well over 100 years in the making. Since his first vintage in 2007, Twain-Peterson continues to demonstrate the remarkable potential of old vine plantings, fine-tuning the winemaking to a very elite level. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a truly unique wine from some of the oldest vines in the country.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits