2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Evangelho Vineyard

Zinfandel Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Contra Costa County

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  • JERB Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 4, 2019 - Bedrock Evangelho - 2015 & 2016: Decanted for 3+ hours.

    The nose on this wine was darker than the 2015. It gave more blueberry/blackberry and plum than did the 2015. It also smelled less "perfumy" than the 2015 - more robust.

    The taste mirrored the nose in those darker fruits. To my sense, it had decidedly more depth of flavors than the 2015 and a longer finish. I would suspect this wine will continue to evolve and improve over the next 3 to 5 years. I did not get as much of that sense from the 2015.

    We (10 of us) tasted this 2016 Evangelho alongside the 2015 Evangelho from Bedrock. It was a very interesting experiment! 3 preferred the 2015; 6 preferred the 2016; 1 felt they were equal. I was among the 7 who preferred the 2016 - I felt it had more depth of flavors than the 2015. The fascinating aspect of this experiment was the fact that the only variable in the two wines was the vintage. We figured that essentially meant that the primary variable was the weather during the growing year. We assumed that there was not a marked change in the way the two years were vinified. Fun tasting experiment!

    It is a privilege to be able to drink wine from grapes planted 100+ years ago! I am grateful for the emphasis that Morgan and Chris and the Bedrock team place on preserving this "heritage" vineyards!

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  • ex-sommelier commented:

    7/5/19, 11:51 AM - Not just weather/vintage, but age! That extra year of age is another variable to consider.

  • JERB commented:

    7/5/19, 1:37 PM - @ex-sommelier - Excellent point! The puzzlement for me is that I tend to think of additional bottle age as something that usually improves the wine - especially when they are relatively young, as these two are. Yet the additional year did not seem to give any advantage to the 2015. I guess that means I need to run more "tasting experiments"! :-) - Jack

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