Bedrock wine company was started in 2007 by Morgan Twain-Petersen, the son of Joel Petersen who had established Ravenswood. Working initially out of a garage with outdoor fermenters and subsequently borrowing space in a friend’s winery Morgan set about making wines to preserve and rehabilitate old vineyards in California. Although many of these oldest vineyards were planted to Zinfandel, they were also planted to other grape varieties by immigrants in the early twentieth century – such as Syrah, Bouchet, Alicante, Grenache, Semillon, Pinot Gris and Riesling. The sources of this fruit can range from established locations such as Oakville in Napa to less familiar sites in Mendocino or Lodi, Amador or Contra Costa as well as distant corners of Sonoma.
The wines produced are not the same each year. There is a hope at Bedrock always to find something new, provided the resulting wine reflects its origins under the California sun and is simply delicious. The focus is always on ideal ripeness of fruit while making wines of freshness with strong aromatic profiles.
Connected to this is the view that a simple approach in the cellar lends itself to creating this type of wine. No commercial yeasts are used, the reds see some whole cluster, malolactic fermentation is unforced, oak is only used I fit is the very best and absolutely and nothing unnecessary is added.
Morgan was joined in 2013 by Chris Cottrell.
In 2017 Morgan became a Master of Wine.
The 2021 Bedrock Heritage Wine is a great expression of this site. Black cherry chocolate spice leather and tobacco are front and center. This dark virile Zinfandel-based field blend packs a serious punch. There's plenty of detail and nuance behind all of that intensity. The 2021 is a big wine but also less monolithic than some previous editions. There's a bit more whole cluster in the 2021 than in the past so perhaps that explains the wine's nuance. The 2021 is one of the best wines I have ever tasted from the Bedrock vineyard and I say that as someone who is not yet fully convinced of the potential here. - By Antonio Galloni on January 2023 Once again Morgan Twain-Peterson MW and Chris Cottrell presented a lineup that is equally impressive for its breadth and overall quality. Like many estates Bedrock dealt with punishingly low yields in many sites. The wines though are superb as I was able to see in tank during harvest and in this most recent tasting of bottled wines. â€œIn a year in which the vines carry very little crop the concern is always a late season heat spike that cooks the fruit. Fortunately we never got thatâ€? Peterson explained. The 2021s offer a striking combination of fruit density and vibrancy. There are a number of highlights in this lineup maybe too many! These include a stunning Semillon from old vines in Monte Rosso the Evangelho Arieo e Vento e Amor Heritage Wines from Bedrock Heritage Teldeschi Old Hill and Oakville Farmhouse and three striking Cabernets. It wouldnâ€™t be a Bedrock tasting without a few new offerings. In 2021 these include the Zinfandel Buffalo Ode to Joel a blend of sites that is sort of a version 2.0 of the Wedding Cuvee and a magnificent Zinfandel from the Sky Vineyard on Mt. Veeder.
Bold and brooding this Zin-based blend is a cornucopia of aromas and flavors with deep blackberry smoky anise black pepper clove and other dusky spice notes that build tension and structure toward broad-shouldered tannins. Hands off for now. Zinfandel Carignan and Mataro. Best from 2024 through 2032. 800 cases made.