BAM BAM In Bedrock: A Journey Into Zinfandel
Posted on October 29, 2015
When we say “bedrock” what comes to mind?
A modern, neanderthal family jogging a car down a prehistoric highway? Maybe a dinosaur crane lifting boulders to the top of a caveman skyscraper? Flintstones. Flint. Stone. Bedrock.
All of these things are true AND so is the fact that Bedrock also happens to be the name of our latest journey into the world of Zinfandel.
From 150 year old vines in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, the Bedrock vineyards boast their own version of history. No, we’re not talking the discovery of fire or the wheel, BUT we are talking about a legacy beginning in post Civil War California. Originally founded in 1854 by Major General William “Tecumseh” Sherman, famed Union army leader, the vineyards were replanted by Senator George Hearst (yup THAT family) in 1888 following a parasite epidemic. Damn bugs.
The 1900s found what would eventually become Bedrock property in the possession of the California Wine Association, having been sold by the Hearst widow in the early part of the century. Then there was that whole prohibition “thing” that shifted possession to private ownership by the sausage empire of the Parducci family.
Blah, blah, blah. History, history, history. What is the point?
The POINT is that when we say that Bedrock is an “old vine” Zin, we MEAN she is OLD. Yes, her vines may be 120+ years, but she doesn’t look a day over 80.
Older, wiser, and with a legacy to match.
Ok. Got that. So what does this non-paleolithic wine have to offer? We popped in our TRIbella, let our glass breathe and set out to investigate.
Unlike the name would indicate, there is nothing hard or stony about this Zin. In fact, like the Grape Girls, it leads with its berries- a very fruit-forward approach. Alone, we noticed that although, it does have a little acidity, it has far fewer acidic jazz hands than we anticipated (much to GG Lo’s relief). The little bits that we experienced were centralized in the middle of the tongue and proved to be gentle, like sleepy Pop Rocks candy.
The acidity became even more gentle with the entrance of our Brix chocolate- medium dark for pairing with Zinfandel. An old friend and a good friend, Brix went to work soothing whatever “fizz” we felt and enhancing the red fruitiness of the wine.
Not mad at Brix. Not mad at the Zinfandel
So what ARE we taking away with this intro into Zinfandel?
That she’s lush, lusty and wild. She packs a punch on the alcohol front and can stretch into the 15%+ alcohol range. Like the good grape girl she is, Zin loves California and thrives here with a history dating like, WAY far back- but she moisturizes. She’s the fraternal twin to the Primitivo grape out of Italy, though make no mistake- they are different…at least in the States.
Last, but definitely not least- Bedrock, in some minds, may still be a city created by Hanna-Barbera, Fred, and Wilma. However, for your lovable lushes Lo & Tee, it demonstrates what happens when history meets viticulture… (the study of grape vines)…duh.
Yabba dabba adieu.
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xo Lo & Tee