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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 3 
ProducerBedrock Wine Co. (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardRebecca's Vineyard
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2013 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.4 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 25 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Stumpy on 4/25/2015 & rated 90 points: Much more barnyard than typical CA-really nice change. (208 views)
 Tasted by King Cab on 1/29/2015 & rated 91 points: This is pretty dark. Nose of sweet blackberries, cool black raspberries and a hint of sassafras and it's all so very fragrant. Palate shows a deftness of presence. Some wonderful red-black fruits and amazing bounce for. Intense and yet playful, this has some crush red cherries & bold black tea leaf. Tannins are nicely resolved and acidity decent. Finish holds all of that in check and longish. Might be a nod darker than I like to lean these day but I call it as I see it, and this one shows very nice indeed. (536 views)
 Tasted by ksmith on 6/3/2013 & rated 92 points: dark purple. Nose of blackberry, black cherry. Sweet aromas of fruit and alcohol. Palate of black cherry, acid and plums. Medium to long finish. (1511 views)
 Tasted by Sijan on 4/17/2013 & rated 91 points: Really nice floral, strawberry-rhubarb pinot w/ some spice. Quite expressive and delicious. (1514 views)
 Tasted by buffyst on 11/26/2012 & rated 92 points: When this was released, and we tasted it at the Shack, where the winemaker's father (none other than Joel Peterson) was pouring, I recognized that it would mature into a superlative Northern Californian Coastal Pinot Noir. Evidently our young winemaker had difficulty locating suitable fruit for the vintage, until Rebecca's Vineyard (in the Russian River Valley) proved worthy and forthcoming. Although since the release its price has doubled, this is a monument to Pinot Noir and to California winemaking. Gobi's 2011 note (below) says it best. (2053 views)
 Tasted by chifred on 11/6/2012 & rated 88 points: P&P, 56F. Deep red. Fruit filled nose of strawberry and raspberry. Nice on the palate with minimal acidity but moderate tannins holding together mineral and pleasant fruit. Nice. Definitely new world and I would have enjoyed more before visiting Burgundy! Not really worth the price. Don't think many would guess Pinot if tasted blind. (1895 views)
 Tasted by arniec on 3/11/2012 & rated 90 points: Light body. Lots of fruit. Drinkable but not memorable. Paired well with pizza. (2279 views)
 Tasted by winecharmer on 12/17/2011 & rated 91 points: Another solid Bedrock, but probably not worth the price tag. I agree that it was a touch heavy for a pinot. It definitely continued to evolve, in a good way, over several hours, so perhaps I opened it too young. Will let my other one rest for another year. (1758 views)
 Tasted by Ridgerunner on 11/27/2011 & rated 90 points: This was just a fun Pinot! (1740 views)
 Tasted by jgrapski on 6/26/2011 & rated 91 points: Better experience this time around. Definitely on the bigger side for a pinot, could be confused with a lighter-style syrah. (1864 views)
 Tasted by Gobi on 6/12/2011 & rated 93 points: This wine is a bit more refrained, cautious, yet it still has all the great elements as the pinot tried right before. Perhaps in this case less will be more? Great ruby red color and see through, same age as the previous one. The nose takes a bit to get out of the glass but this exhibits a much more floral aroma of violets up front followed by a touch of spices including cinnamon, cloves, all spice, a dab of ginger powder, and almond skins. The fruit was much muted, but still present behind these first aromas, mostly consisting of plums, black cherries, and a bit of black berries. This palate is dominated by sweet dark fruits, with great acidity, transitioning into a slightly less savory mid-palate than the wine before. The mid-palate exhibits dark chocolate shavings, black tea, and tar; the texture here is much more predominant than flavors. The finish is where this wine wins, a complex mixture of spices noted on the nose with polished tannins and a smooth long lasting flavor. This wine is like one of those people who are very quiet that keep to themselves because they know they’ve got a natural elegance to their persona. (785 views)
 Tasted by MotoMannequin on 2/14/2011 & rated 92 points: Double-decanted before bringing to a restaurant for Valentine's Day dinner. Initial nose during decant was an incredible intense pomegranite and an odd smell I could only describe as burnt rubber. Color was a delicate light ruby. A little concerned about the nose, we decided if the wine didn't show well at dinner we'd buy a bottle off the list.

Re-opened about 2 hours later, the burnt rubber smell was gone (and had me wondering if this was some interaction with something already on my palate). Nose is now showing cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, Christmas spice scents that threw my memory right back Frohes Fest in Heidelberg during Christmas. Palate includes all that with some pomegranite and smoky herbal flavors, like rosemary on a charcoal gril. Over the course of a couple hours tart cherry starts to come more to the forefront, and starts to come more in-line with my wife's palate who prefers a riper, more friut-forward Pinot.

Overall, very young but promising. Not for those looking for very ripe, in-your-face fruit. There are some amazing building blocks here but they need some time to come together. (2128 views)
 Tasted by jgrapski on 1/30/2011 & rated 89 points: Not giving much on day one. Reticent nose, fairly flat in the mouth. Bigger style, darker red fruits. Better on day two - brightened up significantly. (2143 views)
 Tasted by caboychuck on 1/12/2011: Black cherry and a little earthiness on the nose. Nice black cherry fruit and black tea. (2199 views)
 Tasted by MNP on 11/30/2010: Really a nice balanced Pinot. Not too hot, not too jammy. Medium color. Good acid and lots of red fruit. Nice long finish. Why can't more Cali Pinots be made in this fashion? (2529 views)
 Tasted by Hex triplet #43302E on 11/13/2010 & rated 89 points: Bright color. Fruit-driven. Nice wine. Pinot, fruit-driven, ripe, a touch sweet, loads of cherry. (2524 views)
 Tasted by mplsbruin on 10/21/2010 & rated 89 points: With Paul and Christie visiting, we had a triple 2008 Pinot Noir blind tasting (all 3 bottles opened 1 hr in advance, but no decanting or aeration). Ventisquero Reserva vs Bedrock Rebecca's Vineyard vs Peltier Station Hybrid (80% pinot noir, 15% petit syrah, 5% alicante bouschet). Initial impressions overwhelming favored the Ventisquero which was characterized as elegant, classic pinot noir bouquet. The Bedrock did not impress; closed bouquet, little fruit. The Hybrid was immediately recognized as an outlier. The bouquet reminded me of smelling orchids that we had been given as a gift - kind of tarry, gasoline like notes. On the palate, a distinctive taste, not pinot like, but enjoyable. The identities were revealed and as dinner proceeded, opinion started to turn in favor of the Bedrock over the Mendoza pinot - but at this point, the tasting was not blind.
Next day, repeated the triple blind tasting with the previously opened bottles. Now the amazing qualities of the Ventisquera had faded and the Bedrock was coming on more favorable. The Hybrid remained an oddity, but still an enjoyable wine. I continued tasting over the next few days and the Mendoza faded very fast while the Bedrock pinot continued to be an enjoyable drink.
This Bedrock 2008 was a big hit for Wine Library TV in a blind tasting. (2782 views)
 Tasted by hutch on 9/27/2010 & rated 89 points: Wine Wizards Tasting (The Warehouse): Some funkiness on the nose. Bright fruit. Very good. I like this, but the price is a little more then I'd want to pay for this quality. 88-89 (3180 views)
 Tasted by Moorese on 9/23/2010 & rated 89 points: Decanted an hour in advance, and then poured through a Decantus into the glass. Nonetheless, this drinks in many ways like a barrel sample as it seems so young. Bright, high-toned fruit with strawberry, pomegranate, some herbal notes along the lines of rosemary or tarragon, orange peel, and telltale RRV spice. While I don't find the fruit particularly weighty on the attack, there's structure and a resonating finish that bode well. I'm optimistic about positive development. (2870 views)
 Tasted by ultramarathoner on 9/7/2010: Nicely crafted Pinot. Warm baking spices and brown sugar mixed in with tart darker cherry. There is tension for me between heavy and delicate, with the scales tipping towards heavy. There is good structure that would suggest this has room to evolve. One of the more reserved RRV pinots I've had, but as nice as this is, it's reinforces my lost interest in Pinot from this AVA. However, I could see how this would appeal to many. (3001 views)
 Tasted by amateurwino on 3/16/2010: tasted but no note kept (3097 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Gary Vaynerchuk
Wine Library TV, Small Production California Pinot Noir Tasting, Episode #906 (8/24/2010)
(Bedrock Rebecca's Pinot Noir) #1; COLOR-medium/dark; NOSE-great attack; I love the nose; really interesting flavored tobacco leaf; a little spiciness; beautiful strawberries; a little licorice component; PALATE-quite reserved that I like; a tremendous balance; I'm getting a dark fruit play with some lovely blueberries dancing on my palate; quite silky and expands on my palate quite nicely; this wine makes me think; I like this wine; it's really well done; extremely young; great balanced and elegant; getting an animal fat component (like a good stew) on the mid-palate that I like; I like the sour cherries on the finish; this is a very well made wine and quite complex; I like the spicy pepper on the third quarter transition to the finish; GV-92  92 points
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Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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