Bedrock Wine Co. 2018 Heritage Red, Evangelho Vineyard, Contra Costa County
Item Number: 13575
Sub Region: Central Coast
Appellation/AVA: Contra Costa County
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Evangelho Vineyard
Grape(s): Field Blend
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sand
Vintage Notes: 2018 was Bedrock’s second vintage with full control of farming at this nearly 130-year-old estate site. The vintage was mild and even, leading to a relatively late harvest at this amazing delta site. The main thing Morgan and Chris have noticed since taking over the farming is that the earlier opening of canopies and added fruit drops in certain sections to balance fruit load have led to wines with a bit more density. It was a vintage where all varieties performed well, and that plays out in the final blend where Mataro and Carignan each make up over 20% of the cuvee.
Morgan and Chris continue to learn how to best express this singular site and have found that each year they gravitate to more and more large format cooperage for elevage—in this vintage, much of the Carignan, Zin and Mataro were raised in 600-gallon ovals. Unlike some of their Sonoma sites where new oak is easily absorbed and befits the wine, the sandy soils and the pure, fine tannins it imparts show most clearly with very little new oak interplay. This is a classic Evangelho, showing bright and composed fruit along with the savory bite inflected by the Mataro and Carignan, and one that should provide plenty of pleasure throughout the years.
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
Tasting Notes: Evangelho tends to have the finest tannins out of all the vineyard designate wines. The vineyard contains harsh winds that help retain the acidity. The result is a pretty wine.
About the Name: The word "heritage" on a Bedrock label signifies that the wine is produced as a field blend. All of the grapes get picked together at the same time and co-fermented together.