2010 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard
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Winemaker's Notes: 2010 Monte Rosso Vineyard, Sonoma Valley: †I have been going to Monte Rosso Vineyard since I was a twelve-year-old kid.† It was 1993 when my father started receiving fruit from the storied Martini vineyard and I still remember his excitement and awe.† The soils are crimson red, the slopes are steep, and the vines twist upwards from the earth like Medusaís serpentine follicles.† For nine years Ravenswood made one of the best examples of Zinfandel from the vineyard ó a testament both to my fatherís skill as a winemaker (mountain Zinfandel comes with its own set of challenges), and to the block from which he received fruit.† Alas, in 2002, following the sale of Ravenswood to Constellation and the sale of Martini to the Gallo family, Ravenswood stopped receiving fruit from the vineyard.† In 2007, when I started Bedrock, one of my first calls was to inquire about fruit.† Though the Gallo family generously was able to provide me with the ancient Semillon that makes up the backbone of Cuvee Caritas starting in 2008, it was not until last year that I was told they might have some old-vine Zinfandel available.† Now, Monte Rosso is a mammoth vineyard ó truly a jaw-dropping Gargantua when you consider it was put in on the rocky side of a mountain in the 1880ís with only dynamite and hand-labor ó so I had no idea what fruit I would be receiving.† As fine fortune would have it, I was taken to my fatherís old block ó its beautiful, steep, westerly, aspect and knarled skyward vines looking virtually the same to my 29-year-old eyes as they had 16 years earlier.† The 2010 is the best Zinfandel I have ever made.† Yes, it is rich and ripe, bearing 15%+ alcohol, but it also carries those things that I love most about Monte Rosso ó the mountain spice, the almost claret-like texture, the vibrant red fruits. If you are a tannin maven like me you will like this wine young, but as the many wines I have had from Martini from the 60ís and 70ís show, Monte Rosso Zinfandel has an uncanny knack for aging elegantly for many decades.† 300 cases made.