2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Ranch

Zinfandel Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Russian River Valley

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  • tomherer Likes this wine: 91 points

    October 31, 2016 - One glass Coravin access, let breathe 30 mins or so. Red fruited Zin nose, very expressive. Palate is mostly tart and shut down to begin with, but it's unfolding nicely after an hour. Raspberry, licorice, tart strawberry, plum, and a faint hint of coffee and cream towards the end. Acidity dominates the finish. Great wine, and should improve. Still too early to tell, and granted, the blends are a lot different, but the Carlisle from the same vineyard/vintage feels more complete, and would choose it over this one for even money at this stage of the game.

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  • wilypod commented:

    11/1/16, 5:53 AM - FWIW, my reaction (in 2015) in co-tasting the 2012 Bedrock and Carlisle Papera's was the Bedrock tasted better with food, the Carlisle tasted better on its own. I found the Bedrock more complex, the Carlisle more sumptuous.

  • tomherer commented:

    11/2/16, 8:12 PM - Yah, great point -- they are two entirely different profiles, with the Carlisle being more hedonistic. IIRC, the Bedrock's brightness was a standout but the complexity was modest, but that's off one glass so who knows. Was coincidentally talking to a friend yesterday about these producers and sharing the fruit from their vineyards -- afaik at least five swap back and forth, Carlisle, Bedrock, Biale, Turley, Limerick. I don't think it's totally reciprocal, but I'm pretty sure that Carlisle <=> Bedrock is in most vintages. Since you've compared the two before, wondering if you've ever done a horizontal from the same vintage? We were thinking of putting a a vintage side-by-side to see how each worked with the other's fruit, e.g. four wines -- Carlisle estate and Bedrock vineyard, and vice versa. If you have any ideas how to structure that tasting better or can point to a vintage with interesting differences, would be all ears, cheers.

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