2021 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon NYR
Bedrock Wine Co
37.99 on 3+
mix and match OK
The latest from Morgan Twain-Peterson and Chris Cottrell, the 2021 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Bedrock and Montecillo vineyards in Sonoma. The winemakers describe the evolution of this release: "For the last few years this wine has been made as a home for a few extra barrels of Monte Rosso and Montecillo that don’t necessarily fit into the single-vineyard wines. I think this has resulted in a very nice wine for the price, but we were limited in our ability to sculpt the wine in the same way as our Old Vine Zin or California Syrah, which we view as our “Intro to Bedrock” offerings. For a couple reasons, we had the opportunity to start shaping this wine a bit more in 2021. First, after decades of selling Bedrock Vineyard Cabernet to other wineries, we moved a chunk of the fruit in-house, which means we can dial in the farming to the needs of this blend. Second, the extra volume of fruit allows us to adjust our vinification techniques and cooperage selection, pushing this wine towards a bit more plushness from valley floor fruit (and toning down a little of the austerity naturally built into our mountain sites). This is still a serious wine that I think will develop better than most Cab in the price range, but I think the improved focus has made this both a bit more complete and friendlier for your average weeknight."
NYR (92 pts Vinous Media 2019 Vintage)
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County) is one of the under the radar gems in this range. It's a blend of mostly Montecillo, with pieces from Monte Rosso and Lichau Hill. A power outage in Sonoma meant Montecillo fruit was harvested a bit later than originally planned. Morgan Peterson and Chris Cottrell weren't entirely satisfied with Montecillo on its own, so they added fruit from the other two sites to create this wine, which, by the way, is pretty damn delicious. Bright red-toned fruit, blood orange and floral/savory accents come together in this elegant, nuanced Cabernet Sauvignon. - By Antonio Galloni on January 2022