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Bedrock Santa Maria Valley Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard 2020

Red Wine from California, United States
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From the producer: In 2020 we had the great fortune to add a few rows from the unbelievable Z-Block at Bien Nacido Vineyard to our section of 1973 plantings from X-Block. Z, which was planted in 1990 at the behest of Bob Lindquist of Qupé, is one of the most dramatically situated blocks of Syrah I have seen and sits at a higher elevation in a slightly more protected location on the ranch. The result is more powerful expression of Syrah that plays beautifully with the ethereal and lacy aspects from the windswept X-Block. For me, this is one of the best Syrahs we have made to date at Bedrock, with rose petal and violet, sage, lavender, white pepper and charcuterie swirling in primordial Syrah essence. Also, as a quick aside, I have found the 2017-2019 Bien Nacidos all show better on nights 2 and 3 of being open— this portends a long life for these wines but is also a good reminder that decanting will definitely be your friend for both this and previous vintages from this stellar site.


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Embracing the heritage of ancient vineyards and ensuring they continue to prosper is the most noble duty of today's California vigneron. Bedrock Wine Co. has used this concept as the foundation of their winery, farming vineyards themselves and continuing to support other growers who work with historic sites. There's no winery in the state that sees such a diverse range of revered vineyards like the guys at Bedrock. The story of place is undoubtedly where it all starts, but the quality of wines from this duo represent the very best that California old vines have to offer.

The duo behind Bedrock are Morgan Twain-Peterson and Chris Cottrell. Morgan grew up working alongside his father, Joel Peterson in the vineyard and cellars of the family winery, Ravenswood. A child prodigy, he began making his own wine, Vino Bambino, at age five and, starting with the 1986 vintage, it was poured at top restaurants in New York City. In 2007, Morgan founded Bedrock Wine Co. using a converted chicken coop on the outskirts of Sonoma.

Morgan met Chris in NYC at the small boutique wine shop they worked at on the Upper East Side. A strong friendship grew, and after a decade selling fine wine in NYC and many harvests with Morgan he received a call from his buddy telling him it was time the two made wine together.

The vineyards they use are not the only “old-school” thing about Bedrock: whole cluster fermentation, native yeast and minimal intervention are harnessed to highlight the complexity of these ancient sites. The resulting wines are powerful and concentrated yet balanced and elegant; delicious young but capable of developing over the decades.


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    Earthy , Elegant , Minerally

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    Full Bodied

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