Wine Country

California

Tasted January 31, 2019 - February 3, 2019 by jgreco with 100 views

Flight 1 - Bedrock (6 notes)

Six wines tasted at Bedrock Wine Co's tasting room in the town of Sonoma.

White - Sparkling
2014 Under The Wire Pinot Noir Sparkling Hirsch Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Fort Ross - Seaview
88 points
Tasted at the Bedrock tasting room in Sonoma. Difficult to pin down, the 2014 Under The Wire Pinot Noir Sparkling Hirsch Vineyard is entirely unique and unlike any Blanc de Noir sparkling you might have had before. The pale orange color, perfumed aromatics, grainy texture, and savory finish on such a young wine is compelling, if not exactly pleasurable. Tasted twice over the weekend with similar notes.
White
2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Cuvée Karatas USA, California, Sonoma County
92 points
Tasted at the Bedrock tasting room in Sonoma. Cool musky nose with notes of green pepper. Very full bodied with the semillon shining through.
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Red
2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Evangelho Vineyard USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County
92 points
Tasted at the Bedrock tasting room in Sonoma. A Zin-based blend, the 2017 Bedrock Heritage Wine features a heavily perfumed nose of red fruits and spices. This wine is gorgeous and light bodied, with the finesse of a delicate pinot. A lovely perfumed finish gradually expands in your mouth for 30+ seconds. Don't miss this.
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Red
2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Bedrock Heritage Wine USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
93 points
Tasted at the Bedrock tasting room in Sonoma. The 2017 Bedrock Heritage is a Zin-based field blend of over 27 varietals. The wine features a perfumed nose and body with massive black and red fruits. There is great structure to the wine and while it is drinking great now, it will be singing in just a few years.
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Red
2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
94 points
Tasted at the Bedrock tasting room in Sonoma. Wow, the 2017 Bedrock Pagani Ranch is a total knockout. This Zin-based field blend has incredible structure to go the distance. This was everyone's favorite of the Zin-based blends we tried. This is already drinking well, but should age nicely.
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Red
2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah T 'n' S Blocks Hudson Vineyard South USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
95 points
Tasted at the Bedrock tasting room in Sonoma. The 2016 Bedrock Syrah T 'n' S Blocks was was the highlight of the tasting for the entire group. For such a young wine I am struck by how incredibly well balanced it is. Rich red fruits with tremendous lift on the finish. Tasted twice over the course of the weekend with similar notes.
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Flight 3 - Spottswoode (3 notes)

A tasting and tour of the Spottswoode Estate in St. Helena.

White
2017 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc USA, California, North Coast
92 points
Tasted at the Spottswoode Winery. The Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc typically tries to strike a balance between tropical and citrus fruits. The 2017 leans more toward the tropical end of the spectrum (primarily, guava), but also features some orange citrus notes. Creamy in texture, the 2017 finishes long with great acidity. Drink this anytime over the next five years.
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Red
2015 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
93 points
Tasted at the Spottswoode Winery. The 2015 Lyndenhurst is Spottswoode's second wine featuring fruit that does not go into the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2015 is medium-bodied with plush, sweet red fruits. While the Gran Vin is typically more restrained and Old World in style, the Lyndenhurst is fruit forward and very much characteristic of a New World cabernet. Chewy chalky tannins transition into a lengthy finish. This is better than it should be and a great candidate for drinking now while you wait for the Grand Vin to finally develop.
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Red
2014 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
97 points
Tasted at the Spottswoode Winery. The 2014 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has closed down since we last tasted it (or the previous bottle we had at the Wine Advocate tasting had a lot more air). The Estate Cab typically takes Bordeaux-levels of time to come around so it is not surprising that this could be entering an odd phase for the next 5-10 years. Medium bodied, silky tannins, and a super savory finish done in an elegant and restrained package that is characteristic of the traditional Spottswoode style. It is about as Old World as you get for Spottswoode and a good contrast to showy vintages like 2007 and 2013. It is going to be something special. Not to be missed.
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Flight 6 - Vine Hill Ranch (1 note)

Red
2016 Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon VHR USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
99 points
Tasted at the VHR Farmhouse with Bruce Phillips. The Vine Hill Ranch property features seven distinct blocks and each year the VHR release is a signature expression of the location and vintage. The 2016 Vine Hill Ranch has an incredibly layered nose of red fruits, chocolate, sage, and graphite. The wine combines the power and structure derived from the blocks that backup to the Mayacamas Mountains (Blocks 1 & 6) with the purity of Oakville fruit from the bench land closer to the highway (Blocks 3 & 4). Characteristic of the vintage, the 2016 VHR is already stunning, showing incredible balance at such an early stage. Bruce has delivered a remarkable follow-up to the near perfect 2015, one that may even surpass it with time in the bottle.
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Flight 7 - Roy Piper (1 note)

Red
2016 Roy Piper Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
97 points
Our group was very fortunate to enjoy a couple bottles of the 2016 Roy Piper at Bottega with the founder & vintner, Roy Piper. The 2016 is absolutely stunning at this early stage with an incredibly complex nose of bay leaf, red currant, pepper, graphite, and green olives. There is great structure behind the wine, and it supports a concentrated red fruit profile that is characteristic of the vintage. This is not to be missed if you like small production Napa cabernets. Give this a couple more years and drink it over the following two decades.
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