2016 Bedrock Wine Co., Evangelho Vineyard Heritage, Contra Costa County, California, USA

2016 Bedrock Wine Co., Evangelho Vineyard Heritage, Contra Costa County, California, USA

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2016 Bedrock Wine Co., Evangelho Vineyard Heritage, Contra Costa County, California, USA

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Morgan and Chris call this their “unicorn vineyard”. Planted in 1890 on its own roots, the vines are planted on the deep sand banks of the Sacremento River Delta in Contra Costa County. The field-blended blocks are co-fermented and likely to contain 60 percent Zinfandel (with 35 percent Mataro, some Carignan, Palomino and some “odds and ends”). 
Classic Zinfandel aromas of dried red berry fruits and black tea are supported by liquorice spice and almost garrigue-like herbs. There is lively acidity, and a density and concentration that can only be attributed to the old vines from which the grapes are sourced.
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Bedrock Wine Co.

Bedrock Wine Co.

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California

California

While many North American states make wine, it's California (along with Washington State and Oregon) that drives the fine wine (vitis vinifera) industry.

In 2005 California alone accounted for 200,000 hectares of vinous vines (as opposed to those grown for jelly or raisins), well in excess of Washington's 12,150 hectares and Oregon's 5,500 hectares. California's Napa Valley is acknowledged to be the world's second-best source of Cabernet Sauvignon/Bordeaux blends and Chardonnays (in Carneros), while its Santa Barbara and Sonoma Counties are home to world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Top-notch Zinfandel is also grown in Sonoma County.

The Californian wine industry was born in the south on the back of 18th century Spanish missionaries, and it consolidated in the north following the 1849 Gold Rush. Soon after, vitis vinifera varieties including Zinfandel made their appearance, edging out the inferior Mission grape. French and German immigrants (Krug, Schram, Beringer) helped develop the industry initially in Sonoma and then Napa, before fanning out to the Santa Cruz Mountains, south of the Bay area.

Cabernet Sauvignon was first produced as a wine in Sonoma in the late 19th century, at a time when many of Napa's reds were made from Rhône varieties and Zinfandel. The viticultural boom was accelerated by the transnational railway but was then literally stopped in its tracks by Phylloxera during the 1890s. However, as with Europe, a negative was turned into a positive as the disease allowed the industry to effect many viticultural improvements (varieties, vine densities, trellising). Prohibition threatened to further derail the industry further, were it not for an unprecedented demand for grapes for home winemaking, as well as for sacramental wine. 

Despite the Repeal in 1933, the Fine Wine (ie Napa) industry didn't recover until the 1960s, when the likes of Chateau Montelena, Heitz, Robert Mondavi and Paul Draper made their move. In 1976, several of Napa's wines outshone their French counterparts in a blind tasting known as ‘The Judgement of Paris’. Such success was short-lived however, as the industry was hit first by the oil crisis, then by the re-emergence of Phylloxera during the late 1980s; the fad for White Zinfandel was an additional setback.

The modern era continues to see an insatiable appetite for Napa wineries, pushing the price of land beyond even the reach of the Silicon Valley techies, piling even more pressure on winemakers to hit 100 points and so justify their fee and the $150-per-bottle price tags.

Californian viticulture is made possible thanks to the presence of the Pacific Ocean, its cool Humboldt Current tempering the summer heat through cyclical onshore breezes and rolling fog, so extending the ripening time of the grapes.

Additionally, to the east of San Francisco the 5,000-metre-tall Sierra Nevada mountain range triggers precipitation, which in turn feeds Central Coast irrigation channels. While the Winkler scale of heat summation points to regional differences, it appears to ignore the subtleties of terroir.

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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The Wine Advocate92/100
A blend of 60% Zinfandel, 30% Mourvdre and 10% Carignan from a 120-year-old vineyard, the medium garnet-purple colored 2016 Evangelho Heritage Wine is scented of baked red and black berries, tar, earth, chargrill and pepper. The palate is medium to full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and a refreshing frame with loads of fruit, finishing long.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - 29/06/2018 Read more