Bedrock Evangelho - 2015 & 2016

Tasted July 4, 2019 by JERB with 34 views

Introduction

I shared these two consecutive years of Bedrock's Evangelho field blend at a 4th of July gathering with friends. This was a very fun experiment!

Flight 1 (1 note)

Red
2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Evangelho Vineyard USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County
90 points
Extraordinary wine? Nope. Very interesting wine? Yep!

Decanted for 3+ hours.

The nose struck us with a primary sense of cherries, and to a lesser degree, strawberries and baking spices. Had I tasted this blind and been asked to identify the varietal(s), I would have been lost! Initially, this wine reminded me of a pinot noir, but it also had flavors that I can best describe as "restrained zinfandel" - not jammy, not in your face, but presenting that somewhat briary zinfandel taste.

We (10 of us) tasted this 2015 Evangelho alongside the 2016 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.

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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Flight 2 (1 note)

Red
2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Evangelho Vineyard USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County
91 points
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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