Bedrock Wine Co. was started in 2007 by Morgan Twain-Peterson. Working out of a small converted chicken coop in a friend’s backyard, Morgan focused on making personality-filled wines wrought from a small array of thoughtfully farmed vineyards. Over time the chicken coop and its outdoor fermenters and tiny basket press gave way to production at another friend’s winery and eventually to the “elegant” tin-sided warehouse that is now called home.
Morgan Twain-Peterson literally grew up making wine with his Father, Joel Peterson, founder of Ravenswood. The soul and drive of Bedrock Wine Company are the historic, mixed black, old vine vineyards that make up their Heritage wines. Bedrock also happens to be a founding member of The Historic Vineyard Society which is dedicated to saving, preserving and rehabilitating historic sites and promoting their viticultural diversity. Lets just say he has the in on where to get the Zin.
The winery is first and foremost a mission-driven operation dedicated to preserving and rehabilitating these old vineyards around California. These vineyards, planted by California’s viticultural pioneers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, are living pieces of history. Not only is Bedrock able to draw inspiration from those very pioneers, but they get to actually use the materials they planted, which have survived two world wars, Prohibition and a constantly changing marketplace. If something has been growing for over 100 years it not only deserves the respect of us humans, but it probably makes some darn good wine too.
Morgan is the first winemaker in California to have earned the distinction of Master of Wine
Bedrock Old Vines Zinfandel California 2019
Shelf Price $25.97
Sale Price $21.97
92 pts Vinous
The 2019 Zinfandel Old Vine is gorgeous. Bright acids and floral overtones perk up the red berry fruit in a Zinfandel that delivers the goods, and plenty more. Bright and beautifully layered, the 2019 hits all the right notes. Then again, it is a blend of stellar sites, including Bedrock, Nervo, Sodini, Evangelho, Katushas', Teldeschi, Pagani Ranch and Old Hill. Because of the COVID pandemic and uncertain short-term economic outlook, the 2019 includes quite a bit of wine that in more normal times would be bottled in the vineyard designates. Stated simply: buy as much as you can.
92 pts Wine Spectator
Packing in a lot of structure and personality, this Zin delivers vibrant black cherry, smoky garrigue and green peppercorn flavors that build toward broad-shouldered tannins. Drink now through 2029.