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Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21

#1 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » April 17th, 2020, 9:23 am

Dear Brian,

We hope you're all staying safe and well during this time. We're grateful for all those who have reached out to check in – feeling very fortunate to have technology to communicate with loved ones and some good wine to enjoy.

Like everyone close to it, we are gutted by what is happening to our friends and partners in the restaurant industry, from layoffs to restaurant closures and overhauls to business operations. We are feeling the economic ripple effects ourselves as wine delivered to those restaurants cannot be paid for without future sales in sight.

To that end, we have put together an impromptu Bedrock release, scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st, from which we will donate 20% of profits to organizations assisting folks in the restaurant industry. This release is going to be a little different than usual, as the small quantities make guaranteed allocations impossible to calculate— as a result, all wines will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The release itself will contain a variety of wines including:

A limited collection of library wines dating back to the 2011 vintage, including some of our highest scoring wines (we're looking at you, Weill Exposition Series), along with some fun 1-2 barrel oddities we've made over the years and never released (2017 Shake Ridge Barbera, for instance).
The opportunity for you to re-order some Bedrock staples that had been committed to restaurants—Lulu, Old Vine Zin, California Syrah, Bedrock Heritage, and Evangelho (we've heard from many people that your stash of these wines is depleting rather quickly at the moment...us too).
A few smaller-production 2018 wines we had originally slated for the fall release.
Given the first-come, first-serve nature of the release we want to make sure those on the front lines of health care and other essential businesses are taken care of in case you are busy when the release launches— we will be keeping some of all the wines to the side, so please let us know if you want anything and we will be happy to accommodate. We'll share more details next Tuesday, including information about contactless pick-up for people with will-call orders. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please let us know.

On a separate note, we wanted to let you know Morgan will be online with Antonio Galloni today (Friday, April 17) at 5pm Eastern Time / 2pm Pacific Time, tasting and talking about wines from Sonoma Valley's oldest vineyards. We'd love for you to join: Zoom Direct Link | YouTube Live

Best,

Morgan and Chris
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#2 Post by Mattstolz » April 17th, 2020, 9:27 am

beat me to it!

sounds like a really fun release!

Also Galloni's interviews on zoom have been really good. This weeks especially have been awesome

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#3 Post by AD Northup » April 17th, 2020, 9:27 am

[flirtysmile.gif] Shake Ridge Barbera
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#4 Post by Brian Tuite » April 17th, 2020, 9:27 am

Quick spend that stimulus check!
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#5 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » April 17th, 2020, 9:35 am

Brian Tuite wrote:
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Quick spend that stimulus check!
Reminds me of this
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#6 Post by Scott E. » April 17th, 2020, 10:05 am

AD Northup wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 9:27 am
[flirtysmile.gif] Shake Ridge Barbera
I was thinking the same thing, but you always wonder why it was not released if it was that good?? [scratch.gif] Cheers!
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#7 Post by Brian Tuite » April 17th, 2020, 10:11 am

Scott E. wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 10:05 am
AD Northup wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 9:27 am
[flirtysmile.gif] Shake Ridge Barbera


I was thinking the same thing, but you always wonder why it was not released if it was that good?? [scratch.gif] Cheers!
Small production like the 2010 Puccini “Bedrock 150” wine.
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#8 Post by AD Northup » April 17th, 2020, 10:12 am

Brian Tuite wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 10:11 am
Scott E. wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 10:05 am
AD Northup wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 9:27 am
[flirtysmile.gif] Shake Ridge Barbera
Small production like the 2010 Puccini “Bedrock 150” wine.

I was thinking the same thing, but you always wonder why it was not released if it was that good?? [scratch.gif] Cheers!
I would guess they were tests to see how things developed before releasing them to the wild.
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#9 Post by AlexS » April 17th, 2020, 10:32 am

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 9:23 am
To that end, we have put together an impromptu Bedrock release, scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st, from which we will donate 20% of profits to organizations assisting folks in the restaurant industry. This release is going to be a little different than usual, as the small quantities make guaranteed allocations impossible to calculate— as a result, all wines will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The release itself will contain a variety of wines including:
Morgan, Chris & Co. are THE BEST.

Although I'm going through a bit of a buying moratorium, I will break it and go deep on this one due to their generosity during times like these.
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#10 Post by Jeff_M. » April 17th, 2020, 10:46 am

Thought my CC was safe from more releases.....oh well. Always glad to add more Bedrock to the cellar.
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#11 Post by Morgan Twain-Peterson » April 17th, 2020, 11:04 am

Brian Tuite wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 10:11 am
Scott E. wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 10:05 am
AD Northup wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 9:27 am
[flirtysmile.gif] Shake Ridge Barbera
Small production like the 2010 Puccini “Bedrock 150” wine.

I was thinking the same thing, but you always wonder why it was not released if it was that good?? [scratch.gif] Cheers!
Most of the small production lots are things we really love in the cellar but we don't want to make too much of because we make so many wines already, or the rest of the wine is really valuable to another blend and we can only bottle a small amount, or is something really unique that we want to track development of (the 2015 York Creek Tinto is an example that we released later than normal) or simply something that blew us away in a given year. In the case of Shake Ridge Barbera, for instance, every member of the team loved the wine and wanted to have some to drink at home so we bottled up a barrel of it with most of it intended for personal consumption- it was our first year working with the fruit so didn't know if it would be consistently excellent year-to-year nor were we ready to launch head-first into the Amador Barbera game :).

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#12 Post by Michael Martin » April 17th, 2020, 6:09 pm

Need more Lulu.

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#13 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » April 17th, 2020, 6:17 pm

Michael Martin wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Need more Lulu.
Already??
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#14 Post by AD Northup » April 17th, 2020, 6:33 pm

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Need more Lulu.
Already??
Unseasonably warm weather and unexpected quarantine? Wouldn’t be bad to have some backups (especially because the ones that I’ve somehow made last more than a year have been awesome)....could really use those Lulu magnums from a few years ago!
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#15 Post by joejolesch » April 17th, 2020, 7:04 pm

Michael Martin wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Need more Lulu.
Always! This is one wine I’m always in the mood to drink. Been doing a lot of bbq recently and it pairs so well with smoked meats...and seemingly everything!

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#16 Post by Michael Martin » April 17th, 2020, 7:26 pm

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Need more Lulu.
Already??
Have you tried it?

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#17 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » April 17th, 2020, 7:29 pm

Michael Martin wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Need more Lulu.
Already??
Have you tried it?
Yes, I bought a full case but only went into 2 bottles so far.
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#18 Post by Mattstolz » April 17th, 2020, 7:56 pm

Morgan Twain-Peterson wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 11:04 am


Most of the small production lots are things we really love in the cellar but we don't want to make too much of because we make so many wines already, or the rest of the wine is really valuable to another blend and we can only bottle a small amount, or is something really unique that we want to track development of (the 2015 York Creek Tinto is an example that we released later than normal) or simply something that blew us away in a given year. In the case of Shake Ridge Barbera, for instance, every member of the team loved the wine and wanted to have some to drink at home so we bottled up a barrel of it with most of it intended for personal consumption- it was our first year working with the fruit so didn't know if it would be consistently excellent year-to-year nor were we ready to launch head-first into the Amador Barbera game :).
little bit of thread drift here, but really liked your conversation with Antonio today. anyone who missed it should give it a listen!

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#19 Post by Michael Martin » April 17th, 2020, 8:00 pm

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 7:29 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 6:17 pm


Already??
Have you tried it?
Yes, I bought a full case but only went into 2 bottles so far.
The other 10 will be gone soon. [snort.gif]

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#20 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » April 17th, 2020, 8:05 pm

Michael Martin wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 7:29 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 7:26 pm


Have you tried it?
Yes, I bought a full case but only went into 2 bottles so far.
The other 10 will be gone soon. [snort.gif]
It’s sad to think the NV champagne I’ve been drinking is acting as a cellar defender to these bottles 😂
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#21 Post by Rich Brown » April 17th, 2020, 8:47 pm

AD Northup wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Need more Lulu.
Already??
Unseasonably warm weather and unexpected quarantine? Wouldn’t be bad to have some backups (especially because the ones that I’ve somehow made last more than a year have been awesome)....could really use those Lulu magnums from a few years ago!
For some reason I still have a magnum of the 2013. Now I'm just going to hang onto it for a while and see what happens. You know....for science.

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#22 Post by AD Northup » April 18th, 2020, 5:31 am

Rich Brown wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 8:47 pm
AD Northup wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 6:17 pm


Already??
Unseasonably warm weather and unexpected quarantine? Wouldn’t be bad to have some backups (especially because the ones that I’ve somehow made last more than a year have been awesome)....could really use those Lulu magnums from a few years ago!
For some reason I still have a magnum of the 2013. Now I'm just going to hang onto it for a while and see what happens. You know....for science.
Nice! How’s the color holding up? Would love to see it progress versus its Tempier inspiration
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#23 Post by Rich Brown » April 18th, 2020, 10:32 am

AD Northup wrote:
April 18th, 2020, 5:31 am
Rich Brown wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 8:47 pm
AD Northup wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 6:33 pm


Unseasonably warm weather and unexpected quarantine? Wouldn’t be bad to have some backups (especially because the ones that I’ve somehow made last more than a year have been awesome)....could really use those Lulu magnums from a few years ago!
For some reason I still have a magnum of the 2013. Now I'm just going to hang onto it for a while and see what happens. You know....for science.
Nice! How’s the color holding up? Would love to see it progress versus its Tempier inspiration
She's definitley getting a little darker with an 'orange-ish' tint, but it should be fun to open in a few years.
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#24 Post by AD Northup » April 18th, 2020, 10:39 am

Maybe the Bedrock guys can chime in on whether they’ve checked in on these recently...very cool!
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#25 Post by Mattstolz » April 18th, 2020, 11:09 am

AD Northup wrote:
April 18th, 2020, 10:39 am
Maybe the Bedrock guys can chime in on whether they’ve checked in on these recently...very cool!
im hoping we'll get the typical breakdown of the upcoming release in here too!

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#26 Post by S teve R edenbaugh » April 18th, 2020, 11:28 am

Really looking forward to picking up a few outlying bottles. I too really enjoyed the conversation between Antonio Galloni and Morgan. I keep forgetting that Morgan is an MW..his intelligence, passion, and historical perspective are IMO unrivaled in the business. So much to learn from him.

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#27 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » April 18th, 2020, 11:36 am

Mattstolz wrote:
April 18th, 2020, 11:09 am
AD Northup wrote:
April 18th, 2020, 10:39 am
Maybe the Bedrock guys can chime in on whether they’ve checked in on these recently...very cool!
im hoping we'll get the typical breakdown of the upcoming release in here too!
We should be, Morgan is still writing up the TNs.
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#28 Post by E. Mark Larson » April 18th, 2020, 3:25 pm

Do we know what time the notification of this is going out on Tuesday?

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#29 Post by Michael Martin » April 18th, 2020, 4:00 pm

The Vinous video on YouTube with Morgan was good. He always drops little things that help you understand his wines better. I like that.

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#30 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » April 18th, 2020, 4:01 pm

E. Mark Larson wrote:
April 18th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Do we know what time the notification of this is going out on Tuesday?
He said 9 or 10 when I had e-mailed. I assume that's pacific time.
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#31 Post by Mattstolz » April 20th, 2020, 5:51 am

little bump for tasting notes day!

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#32 Post by Morgan Twain-Peterson » April 20th, 2020, 9:55 am

Hey Everyone,

Here are the wines for the release tomorrow. We are still working out pricing but new wines and the fun little things like Shake Ridge Barbera and Under the Mountain Carignan will be in the typical vein of Bedrock pricing. The Weill Exposition series wines are obviously a little harder to price and we have been looking at wine-searcher and other outlets to get a sense of what market value is.

Library Release Wines:

2011 Weill Exposition Series 1,2 and 3
2012 Weill Exposition Series 1,2 and 3
2013 Weill Exposition Series 1,2 and 3

2012 Cuvee Caritas White Wine (Monte Rosso Semillon based)
I am really happy to be releasing the last few cases of this wine that we have been hoarding in the back of the warehouse for nearly seven years now. It is drinking beautifully, and the figgy, dense and savory Semillon character is coming out in spades. This isn’t quite as developed as one of the Kalin releases of Semillon (a high-water mark for aged Semillon in California in our book) that I love so much but one is starting to see a kinship develop. Just a reminder, as the last vintage we released of this was the 2016, this comes from the oldest Semillon I know of in America planted at Monte Rosso along with some Sauvignon Blanc from Kick Ranch in what is now the Fountaingrove AVA.

2013 Kamen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
We had the privilege of making this wine for two years and purposefully held a small amount back for a library release, knowing it would likely age beautifully. This is classic Moon Mountain Cabernet from one of the most impeccably farmed vineyards I have seen.


Previously Unreleased Cellar Selections

2014 Puccini Vineyard Zinfandel
One of our last vintages on its own from this 1 acre jewel placed deep in the folds of the western edge of Sonoma Valley as yields have been so reduced in recent years (this vineyard had fire burn through it in 2017) and a wine we have been loath to release as so little was made. The vines here were planted in 1906 and put out small amounts of elegant, spice-driven fruit. Following open-top fermentation in a small fermenter this was aged in neutral oak prior to bottling in Fall of 2015.

2015 Under the Mountain Vineyard Carignane
This comes from our first year working with this lovely site located in the toes of the Santa Cruz Mountains outside of Morgan Hill. Over the last few years the Gregory family has put an enormous amount of sweat and love into rehabilitating this vineyard from what was previously a pretty sorry state. Though the Zinfandel in 2015 was only good enough to make Old Vine, in 2015 we were so taken with this vibrant and dense expression of Carignan that we wanted to bottle some of it up on its own. The only time this wine has been shown to the public was when I had the good fortune to accompany Kelli White and Matt Naumann (Newfound Wines) on a trip to Chile last year for the first annual seminar on Carignan where I think it acquitted itself quite well (though my memory is fogged by all the Pisco we drank).

2017 Shake Ridge Barbera
This was our first vintage working with a few rows of Barbera from Ann Kraemer’s magical Shake Ridge Ranch in Amador County. I have always loved Barbera for its forthright beauty and fruit profile, and it tends to do very well in Amador County as the warm daytime temperatures tends to ameliorate the rambunctious and biting acidity the variety is so naturally blessed with. Since it was our first year, we simply destemmed the fruit into a 1 ton fermenter, let it ferment to dryness and pressed it to a couple neutral large puncheons— the overall hope being just to get a read on the fruit in its most basic form. Well, turns out this ain’t no basic, ahem, Barbera. The team loved the wine so much that we bottled up a barrel as much for personal consumption as anything else.


New Release Wines:

Bedrock 2018 Papera Ranch Heritage Wine
Papera Ranch, a fixture on the royal court of the Piner-Olivet area of the Russian River Valley, always seems to make wines that balance the intense blue fruit the area is so well known for with an additional layer of tensions and energy created by the large amount of Carignan and other mixed varieties found in our unique little block. I always love to compare this wine to those of Carlisle Vineyard, located just a few blocks away, as the wines are so different despite their nearness in locale. Whereas Carlisle tends to be more Marilyn or Chippendale dancer- bodacious and sultry—Papera is more Katherine Hepburn or Laurence Olivier—gorgeous and talented but perhaps more likely to read something in iambic pentameter.

Bedrock 2018 Ode to Lucien Red Wine
Ode to Lucien is our love-letter to the reds of Bandol—a wine born of the unique California soils and climes that traces its consanguinity back to northern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Only made in years where we feel Mataro is particularly good, this wine is based around the dense and expressive fruit from Evangelho Vineyard’s Block 6 and 7, some of which was fermented with a larger percentage of whole cluster than normal. This core element was blended into a 600 -gallon neutral foudre along with a small amount of Grenache from Gibson Ranch and Cinsault from Bechthold Vineyard for aromatic expressiveness and a trace of textural softening. This wine is a pup and will need a good decanting if opened early in its life as it is a bit wild and savage (not kill-your-husband-and-feed-him-to-a-tiger savage, just a little undomesticated).

Bedrock 2019 Judge Sauvignon Blanc
From the stone-strewn hillsides on the far end of Bennett Valley (what we just call “way o’er there” from our part of Sonoma Valley), Judge Sauvignon Blanc is always some of the most distinct and expressive fruit that enters the winery each year. Its very cool locale means it typically comes in quite late in harvest and maintains penetrating acidity despite the natural weight and exotic aromatics that comes from the musque clone, low yields and stony soils. Fermented in a mixture of cigare and Austrian Stockinger barrels, this wine stylistically leans more towards Bordeaux Blanc than the many reductively produced examples of the variety out there.

Bedrock 2018 Drummond's Cuvee Petite Sirah
Drummond’s Cuvee, named for J.H. Drummond, who introduced Petite Sirah to California in the early 1880s at his Kenwood nursery, is our love letter to this chameleon-like variety (well, maybe a chameleon that can only turn various shades of dark). The 2018 comes entirely from the single old-vine Petite Sirah block at Teldeschi Ranch on the Dry Creek Bench. Here, the 100+ year old Pets is field blended with small amounts of Cinsault, Peloursin, Carignan and Vaccarese, all of whom contribute some elegance and perfume to the variety’s natural extensity and propensity towards density of dimensity (I have been at home too long….). This is delicious Petite Sirah and actually a bit more civil than one might expect from the variety.

Cellar Staples:

2019 Ode to Lulu Rose
2018 Old Vine Zinfandel
2018 California Syrah
2018 Bedrock Heritage Wine
2018 Evangelho Heritage Wine
2018 Pagani Ranch Heritage Wine

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#33 Post by AD Northup » April 20th, 2020, 11:09 am

Thanks!
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#34 Post by Mattstolz » April 20th, 2020, 11:39 am

the bigger challenge here is apparently going to be choosing the wines I shouldn't buy.

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#35 Post by ClydeUnderwood » April 20th, 2020, 1:29 pm

Michael Martin wrote:
April 18th, 2020, 4:00 pm
The Vinous video on YouTube with Morgan was good. He always drops little things that help you understand his wines better. I like that.

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#36 Post by Bill G » April 20th, 2020, 1:49 pm

Boy, I really want to buy a few of each. Its going to be painful if I passing on this release. Too much uncertainty in the household and tough to justify another case in the cellar right now. :'(
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#37 Post by N. Justl » April 20th, 2020, 1:58 pm

Do we have a time this is going live yet, or is that part of the fun?
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#38 Post by BLaird » April 20th, 2020, 3:16 pm

Currently 9-10am PDT as Brian mentioned above.
N. Justl wrote:
April 20th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Do we have a time this is going live yet, or is that part of the fun?
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#39 Post by Mattstolz » April 20th, 2020, 3:19 pm

Morgan Twain-Peterson wrote:
April 20th, 2020, 9:55 am

Cellar Staples:

2019 Ode to Lulu Rose
2018 Old Vine Zinfandel
2018 California Syrah
2018 Bedrock Heritage Wine
2018 Evangelho Heritage Wine
2018 Pagani Ranch Heritage Wine
have all of these been released in prior releases as well besides 2019 Ode to Lulu?

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#40 Post by KC Cormack » April 20th, 2020, 3:24 pm

I'm new here and I've not heard of Bedrock before now, but can see there's a lot of excitement about the winery. I'd like to sign up for the mailing list but I'm worried that it might be out of my price range. What do these wines run? Is there a minimum or maximum order?

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#41 Post by Matt Allen » April 20th, 2020, 3:35 pm

i was hoping to skip this but there is too much there for that

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#42 Post by Philip N. Jones » April 20th, 2020, 3:42 pm

The average price is about $40, with some more and some less. Some are lots more and some are lots less. I don’t recall a minimum order, but there is a minimum shipping charge that makes it expensive to order less than a case.
Definitely a good mailing list to get on, but I suspect that there is a waiting list to get on the mailing list. Good wine, good people, good prices. What’s not to like? You will not regret it, particularly if you like zin and/or Syrah. I limit myself to zin, but that’s just me.
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#43 Post by Philip N. Jones » April 20th, 2020, 3:45 pm

I forgot to mention that yes, there is usually a maximum order. Some wines you will be limited to two bottles. On other wines, the limit is much higher. But I doubt that most people order the maximum on the other wines. That would be a ton of wine.
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#44 Post by Rich Brown » April 20th, 2020, 3:52 pm

Morgan Twain-Peterson wrote:
April 20th, 2020, 9:55 am
Hey Everyone,

Here are the wines for the release tomorrow. We are still working out pricing but new wines and the fun little things like Shake Ridge Barbera and Under the Mountain Carignan will be in the typical vein of Bedrock pricing. The Weill Exposition series wines are obviously a little harder to price and we have been looking at wine-searcher and other outlets to get a sense of what market value is.

Library Release Wines:

2011 Weill Exposition Series 1,2 and 3
2012 Weill Exposition Series 1,2 and 3
2013 Weill Exposition Series 1,2 and 3

2012 Cuvee Caritas White Wine (Monte Rosso Semillon based)
I am really happy to be releasing the last few cases of this wine that we have been hoarding in the back of the warehouse for nearly seven years now. It is drinking beautifully, and the figgy, dense and savory Semillon character is coming out in spades. This isn’t quite as developed as one of the Kalin releases of Semillon (a high-water mark for aged Semillon in California in our book) that I love so much but one is starting to see a kinship develop. Just a reminder, as the last vintage we released of this was the 2016, this comes from the oldest Semillon I know of in America planted at Monte Rosso along with some Sauvignon Blanc from Kick Ranch in what is now the Fountaingrove AVA.

2013 Kamen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
We had the privilege of making this wine for two years and purposefully held a small amount back for a library release, knowing it would likely age beautifully. This is classic Moon Mountain Cabernet from one of the most impeccably farmed vineyards I have seen.


Previously Unreleased Cellar Selections

2014 Puccini Vineyard Zinfandel
One of our last vintages on its own from this 1 acre jewel placed deep in the folds of the western edge of Sonoma Valley as yields have been so reduced in recent years (this vineyard had fire burn through it in 2017) and a wine we have been loath to release as so little was made. The vines here were planted in 1906 and put out small amounts of elegant, spice-driven fruit. Following open-top fermentation in a small fermenter this was aged in neutral oak prior to bottling in Fall of 2015.

2015 Under the Mountain Vineyard Carignane
This comes from our first year working with this lovely site located in the toes of the Santa Cruz Mountains outside of Morgan Hill. Over the last few years the Gregory family has put an enormous amount of sweat and love into rehabilitating this vineyard from what was previously a pretty sorry state. Though the Zinfandel in 2015 was only good enough to make Old Vine, in 2015 we were so taken with this vibrant and dense expression of Carignan that we wanted to bottle some of it up on its own. The only time this wine has been shown to the public was when I had the good fortune to accompany Kelli White and Matt Naumann (Newfound Wines) on a trip to Chile last year for the first annual seminar on Carignan where I think it acquitted itself quite well (though my memory is fogged by all the Pisco we drank).

2017 Shake Ridge Barbera
This was our first vintage working with a few rows of Barbera from Ann Kraemer’s magical Shake Ridge Ranch in Amador County. I have always loved Barbera for its forthright beauty and fruit profile, and it tends to do very well in Amador County as the warm daytime temperatures tends to ameliorate the rambunctious and biting acidity the variety is so naturally blessed with. Since it was our first year, we simply destemmed the fruit into a 1 ton fermenter, let it ferment to dryness and pressed it to a couple neutral large puncheons— the overall hope being just to get a read on the fruit in its most basic form. Well, turns out this ain’t no basic, ahem, Barbera. The team loved the wine so much that we bottled up a barrel as much for personal consumption as anything else.


New Release Wines:

Bedrock 2018 Papera Ranch Heritage Wine
Papera Ranch, a fixture on the royal court of the Piner-Olivet area of the Russian River Valley, always seems to make wines that balance the intense blue fruit the area is so well known for with an additional layer of tensions and energy created by the large amount of Carignan and other mixed varieties found in our unique little block. I always love to compare this wine to those of Carlisle Vineyard, located just a few blocks away, as the wines are so different despite their nearness in locale. Whereas Carlisle tends to be more Marilyn or Chippendale dancer- bodacious and sultry—Papera is more Katherine Hepburn or Laurence Olivier—gorgeous and talented but perhaps more likely to read something in iambic pentameter.

Bedrock 2018 Ode to Lucien Red Wine
Ode to Lucien is our love-letter to the reds of Bandol—a wine born of the unique California soils and climes that traces its consanguinity back to northern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Only made in years where we feel Mataro is particularly good, this wine is based around the dense and expressive fruit from Evangelho Vineyard’s Block 6 and 7, some of which was fermented with a larger percentage of whole cluster than normal. This core element was blended into a 600 -gallon neutral foudre along with a small amount of Grenache from Gibson Ranch and Cinsault from Bechthold Vineyard for aromatic expressiveness and a trace of textural softening. This wine is a pup and will need a good decanting if opened early in its life as it is a bit wild and savage (not kill-your-husband-and-feed-him-to-a-tiger savage, just a little undomesticated).

Bedrock 2019 Judge Sauvignon Blanc
From the stone-strewn hillsides on the far end of Bennett Valley (what we just call “way o’er there” from our part of Sonoma Valley), Judge Sauvignon Blanc is always some of the most distinct and expressive fruit that enters the winery each year. Its very cool locale means it typically comes in quite late in harvest and maintains penetrating acidity despite the natural weight and exotic aromatics that comes from the musque clone, low yields and stony soils. Fermented in a mixture of cigare and Austrian Stockinger barrels, this wine stylistically leans more towards Bordeaux Blanc than the many reductively produced examples of the variety out there.

Bedrock 2018 Drummond's Cuvee Petite Sirah
Drummond’s Cuvee, named for J.H. Drummond, who introduced Petite Sirah to California in the early 1880s at his Kenwood nursery, is our love letter to this chameleon-like variety (well, maybe a chameleon that can only turn various shades of dark). The 2018 comes entirely from the single old-vine Petite Sirah block at Teldeschi Ranch on the Dry Creek Bench. Here, the 100+ year old Pets is field blended with small amounts of Cinsault, Peloursin, Carignan and Vaccarese, all of whom contribute some elegance and perfume to the variety’s natural extensity and propensity towards density of dimensity (I have been at home too long….). This is delicious Petite Sirah and actually a bit more civil than one might expect from the variety.

Cellar Staples:

2019 Ode to Lulu Rose
2018 Old Vine Zinfandel
2018 California Syrah
2018 Bedrock Heritage Wine
2018 Evangelho Heritage Wine
2018 Pagani Ranch Heritage Wine

Awesome Morgan - those unreleased wines sound really interesting!

For the New Releases, is this going to be the only time that you offer them up....or will they also be available in the upcoming 'normal' release? In other words....do I need to make sure and snag Papera and Drummonds tomorrow? Thanks!

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#45 Post by Michael Martin » April 20th, 2020, 3:53 pm

Usually $35 flat shipping on 6 or more bottles.
Prices range from $19 - $75, with most in the $30-$40 range.

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#46 Post by Mattstolz » April 20th, 2020, 4:01 pm

KC Cormack wrote:
April 20th, 2020, 3:24 pm
I'm new here and I've not heard of Bedrock before now, but can see there's a lot of excitement about the winery. I'd like to sign up for the mailing list but I'm worried that it might be out of my price range. What do these wines run? Is there a minimum or maximum order?
the quality for the price is a big part of the reason for the excitement. there are several really great offerings on this list that are $20 or below. the heritage blends average around $45ish? there's a few bottles each release that push more like 50-60, and the Expositions are a rare rare exception that are more than that (there are very few bottlings from Bedrock that run above $60)

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#47 Post by N. Justl » April 20th, 2020, 4:28 pm

BLaird wrote:
April 20th, 2020, 3:16 pm
Currently 9-10am PDT as Brian mentioned above.
N. Justl wrote:
April 20th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Do we have a time this is going live yet, or is that part of the fun?
Oops, missed that, sorry. Thanks for pointing that out!
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#48 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » April 20th, 2020, 6:04 pm

Super excited!
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#49 Post by Robert M yers » April 20th, 2020, 6:53 pm

It’s going to be interesting how they price the exposition series. I’m sure they would like to make a little coin, but finding the sweet spot might be tough?

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#50 Post by Philip N. Jones » April 20th, 2020, 6:56 pm

I seem to recall a rumor that three-bottle sets were going for $1000 on the secondary market? Or am I making that up?
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