2011 Bedrock, Syrah, North Coast.
Morgan Twain-Peterson, son of Ravenswood founder/winemaker Joel Peterson is making a big name for himself with his micro winery Bedrock, he is specializing in small lots from historic and old vines in Sonoma County. While his dad pioneered single vineyard Zins, Morgan is more of a Rhone Ranger at heart (though he does make some tasty Zinfandel wines too) and has a huge love for Syrah and does a number of interesting bottlings making some terroir driven cuvees that usually include a number of old vine grapes. This 2011 North Coast Syrah is the result of his declassifying lots from Alder Springs and Hudson, along with tiny amours from selected vines, plus a touch of Viognier from Steiner Vineyard on Sonoma Mountain. With such heritage rich fruit and passionate winemaking, Morgan has crafted an entry level beauty with this lovely young Syrah that shows refined structure and is darkly colored and flavored with loads of blueberry, black cherry and tangy boysenberry, while plum sauce, fennel and pepper play in the background along with hints of game and golden raisins. There is racy vintage influenced acidity and the oak is soft allowing the fruit to shine on it’s own.
($24 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive

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