The Evangelho vineyard lies just inland from the Sacramento River Delta on banks of sand that can reach 40 feet in depth. Though a warm area there is rarely a day that passes without a serious wind—very much like a Californian Mistral and the antecedent to the fog coming through the Golden Gate—racing through the vineyard. This causes the vines to shut down for much of the hot afternoons, and the result is a wine that seemingly defies conventional wisdom when it comes warm weather sites. Evangelho tends to be the lowest in pH and alcohol of the Heritage Wines, and it shows way more elegance than you thought possible by reading the appellation.
“This vineyard is so rocky that Joe and Gail Judge were forced to remove 1000 tons of stone before creating adequate soil for vines. This greatly devigorates the overly enterprising Sauvignon Blanc vines and results in fragrant wines of solidly wrought temper. The wine was fermented entirely in the cigare barrels made famous by Didier Dagueneau, coopered to our specifications (aka, tight grain and very light toast) for us by our friends at Tonnellerie Atelier. Exotic and ambrosial, this wine captures what I love best about good Sauvignon Blanc—great aromatic complexity paired with nice texturing.” Morgan Twain-Peterson
“The Old Vine Zinfandel comes from a smattering of sites, most of them in Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley and the Russian River Valley. As always, the Old Vine is really best described as a mixed-blacks, as other grapes – both red and white – comprise about 23% of the blend. It’s always a treat to see what Morgan Twain Peterson and his colleague Chris Cottrell are up to at Bedrock, where the focus is on showcasing California’s heritage sites and their extraordinary pedigree, something Bedrock and a handful of like-minded wineries have taken with notable enthusiasm.” Antonio Galloni
“The cuvee VII is predominately Zinfandel and Grenache with a little Alicante Bouchet, Petit Sirah and Sangiovese, much of which comes from old vines. Rather than giving you a flowery worded description of the wine, which are always like 50% BS, why don’t you find out for yourself?! We think you will be very pleased.”
Do we feel that additional information is needed? Nope. Thanks to Morgan and Chris at Bedrock for this great summary!
The Shebang label, represents fantastic wines at great prices. This is the third cuvee, and for the first time, it carries a varietal name. The wine is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc, mostly from 30 year old dry farmed vines in Mendocino, ancient vine Muscadelle and a touch of ancient vine Semillon (both from Sonoma). Fermented with native yeasts, and aged in about 15% new French oak, this is fresh and clean with bright acidity and a wonderfully weighted mid palate. This is a great white for everyday drinking.
“Always the wine closest to my heart, the Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Wine comes my family’s old vineyard in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Planted between 1888 and 1895 and composed of over 22 interplanted varieties, the Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Wine is the wine that I started the winery to make. The piece of rock strewn red clay soils produced a wine of citrus-tinged red fruits and spice. I hope this wine speaks as much to the vineyard as to the varieties from which it is composed- which of course is the point.” Morgan Twain-Peterson