One of the oldest and grandest Zinfandel vineyards of them all is situated in the heart of Sonoma Valley. It traces back to the Civil War era, was replanted in the 1880s under the ownership of Senator George Hearst, and came under its new ownership in the 2000s. Father and son, Joel Peterson and Morgan Twain-Peterson, took over what had been known as the Madrone Ranch, renamed it Bedrock, and began the long process of carefully restoring it to its former health and glory. Several top Zinfandel winemakers were invited to share fruit from the various blocks on this sizeable ranch that includes not only old Zinfandel vines, but Carignan, Alicante, Petite Sirah, Mataro, and various other forgotten varieties. The old winemakers loved to plant together in a field blending system called “mixed blacks.” Winemaker, Tres Goetting, does a version of this by co-fermenting our Basic Black Red Blend. Our Bedrock Zinfandel comes from a select block of non-irrigated 1880s vines that still kick out some delicious grapes.
Check out Antonio Galloni’s feature of this vineyard in his California Vineyard Series, click here .