Basic info: Bedrock Wine Company Evangelho Vineyard Heritage Red Blend, Contra Costa County, CA – 2016
Price estimate: $30 (from winery)
Look: dark purple, almost opaque in the glass. Inky color on glass when swirled. Good legs – easily seen.
Smell: black cherry & raspberry
Taste: dark fruit, hint of strawberry, little earth and mineral. Smooth, with a little cherry pie taste, but not sweet. No noticeable tannin. Grape flavor on the long finish.
Conclusions: Really good wine. Bob liked this one slightly more than I did (I thought the old vine zin was just a touch better) but we both loved it. Easy to drink, lots of complexity but a wine that you don’t need to think about if you don’t want to.
Other notes: I didn’t drink much in January, in large part because I was either sick, getting sick or getting over being sick for most of the month. I’m pretty sure this bottle was better than I think it was simply because my taste buds are off – and that is saying something because I thought it was fantastic. This is noe the third wine from Bedrock that we’ve had and we have not been even remotely disappointed by any of them.
From the bottle: I forgot to take a picture of the back of the bottle, and we drank this a few weeks ago so I don’t still have the bottle to refer to, so from Bedrock’s site, “this wine is about 60% Zinfandel and 35% Mataro, with the remainder being Carignane, Palomino and a few other odds and ends. This features racy and vibrant fruit that is pleasantly funkified but the presence of the savory Mataro. Raised predominately in large foudre, this wine probably resembles a wine from the Southern Rhone as much as a “Zinfandel” from California. As always, the incredibly suave tannins from the sandy soils at the ranch make for a high-tone and elegant red wine.” 14.1% alcohol by volume.