Founded in 1854 by Generals William "Tecumseh" Sherman and General "Fightin’ Joel" Hooker, Bedrock Vineyard has grown grapes for over 150 years. Following the first epidemic of phylloxera in the mid-1880’s, the vineyard was replanted in 1888 by Senator George Hearst - a mining magnet, an early father of California, and the father of publisher William Randolph Hearst. It is from those 125 year old vines that the Bedrock Heritage Wine is crafted. Always the wine closest to my heart, the Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Wine comes my family’s vineyard in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Composed of over 22 interplanted varieties, the Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Wine is the wine that I started the winery to make. The piece of rock strewn red clay soils produced a wine of citrus-tinged red fruits and spice. I hope this wine speaks as much to the vineyard as to the varieties from which it is composed- which of course is the point.
Brooding but not a bruiser. Finesse combines with power, offering fervent blackberry, fruitcake spice, ground pepper and orange zest accents that build intensity toward big but polished tannins. Zinfandel, Carignan, Mataro, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet. Drink now through 2026.
"The 2017 The Bedrock Heritage Wine is powerful, dense and explosive, as wines from this site usually are. Even so, there is a newfound element of finesse at Bedrock that is quite evident in wines like Bedrock's own Heritage Red Wine, which was once much more concentrated and pushed. Sadly, yields are down 30% in 2017."-Antonio Galloni
The 2017 Bedrock Heritage comes from a vineyard planted in 1888 to a field blend of 27 varieties. It has a medium ruby-purple color and gives up aromas of tar, tilled soil, dried tea leaves, white peach and red and black berries with blue fruit preserves plus pepper and floral tinges. The palate is medium to full-bodied and dense with earth-tinged fruits. It has a chewy frame and juicy freshness to lift that density, finishing very long. This is still tightly wound and could use another couple years in bottle.
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