Bedrock Wine Co. 2020 Zinfandel, Monte Rosso Vineyard, Moon Mountain District
Item Number: 16188
Sub Region: Sonoma
Appellation/AVA: Moon Mountain District
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Monte Rosso Vineyard
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Vine Age: ~130 years old
Fermentation: Various vessels are used in the winery: stainless steel, concrete, oak, and plastic
Aging: Used French and Austrian oak
Vineyard Notes: Perched nearly 2,000 feet above Bedrock Vineyard on the bright red, volcanic soils of Mt. Veeder lies Monte Rosso Vineyard. Described as one of the most beautiful vineyards in the world, on a clear day one faces west and looks all the way to the blue of San Pablo Bay and the pointed edifices of San Francisco in the distance.
Not only is Monte Rosso gorgeous, it is a wonder of viticulture in the 19th century. There is perhaps no vineyard that would have been harder to put in, and when thinks of the size of the property, this simply doubles in wonderment. The 350+ acres of Monte Rosso lie on the last high flank of the Mayacamas Range. It is named Monte Rosso for its bright-red, iron-rich soils, which impart a remarkable perfume to all grapes from the vineyard. In fact, the terroir here is so strong that one could mistake a Monte Rosso Cabernet for Zinfandel—the wines smell and taste like Monte Rosso, far less like the given variety. What it took to put in the vines back in the 1890s must have been jaw-dropping. In an era of nearly zero automation, no pile-drivers, no back-hoes, and limited means to break-up and terrace the rock, putting in the 350-acre vineyard must have been one of the greatest feats of wine-growing history.
"What is there to say about Monte Rosso that has not already been said. Wines of recognition have come from the vineyard for over a century, and the vineyard signature can be seen on any variety that is grown on the site. This is mountain Zinfandel at its finest, perfumed and elegant but carries the promise of a long-life due to the line of fine tannin that runs through its core. A perennial favorite, and a wine that I know I will be enjoying long into my lifetime." - Morgan