Zinfandel Producer of the Year

Morgan Twain-Peterson reminds me of a scientist turned rock star or a rock star turned scientist.  Maybe he is a “Rockientist”.  All I can say, he really knows what he’s stuff.  Since his childhood days at age 5 – he made his first wine in Kindergarten, when you and I were playing with dinky toys!  He went on the get degrees from top notch schools, including a PhD – the guy is not even 40 and he has 30+ years of experience.  Worked around the globe in Australia and Bordeaux (Lynch Bages).  Also passed the Master of Wine exam!! When he created Bedrock our Rockientist blossomed as he fell in love with many old-vine vineyards.  I don’t need to tell you, but Bedrock has a cult-like following.

Bedrock 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel, Sonoma County
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The 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel is by far one of the best wines Morgan has made.  Out of the gate it show great intensity, bold aromas and flavors.  The nose is loaded with black stone fruit, anise and a good whiff of pepper.  The full-bodied, gorgeous palate is laced with black currant, dark chocolate and a touch of dirt.  The wine is well-balanced and in-sync into a great, long finish.  This youngster could benefit from an aggressive decanting and letting it breathe for 2+ hours – will drink well for a good 10 years!

Also check out the following wines made by Morgan Twain Peterson:

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100 Point Winemaker steals show with new Cabernet

Blankiet is still somewhat under the radar, even with the big scores it has been getting.  That is great for you, as I still get good allocations!   The wines are made by Denis Malbec (who made Chateau Latour, Kapcsandy and other great wines) while David Abreu still manages the vineyards.  In years past the wines were made by Michel Rolland & Helen Turley so only the best-of-best pass the review of Claude Blankiet!


Blankiet 2010 “Prince of Hearts”
Paradise Hills Vineyard, Napa Valley
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The much anticipated release of Blankiet Estate “Prince of Hearts 2010” is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc.   It was worth the wait and what a stunner it is.  The wine is big, bold and yet very elegant – Denis Malbec knows how! Perfumed aroma of violets, red stone fruit and a whiff of spice dance out of the glass.  The wine is full in body, yet amazingly balanced and precise.  Loaded with gorgeous fruit that coats the palate and legs that run into a stunningly long finish.

Robert Parker 94 Points: Blankiet’s 2010 Prince of Hearts Paradise Hills Vineyard offers up gorgeous aromatics, refined fruit and a total sense of harmony from the very first taste. Juicy red berries, plums, roses and cinnamon meld together in this effortless, gracious wine. In 2010 the Prince of Hearts boasts lovely depth and roundness backed by the acidity and vibrancy of this great vintage. All of the Blankiet hallmarks are in the glass. If that sounds appealing, believe me, it is. This is a fabulous effort. At many estates, this would be the top wine; here it is the second label. Incidentally, Prince of Hearts is the most fairly priced among the second wines of Napa Valley’s elite properties. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.”

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Helen Turley (Marcassin) Assistant Knocks One Out of the Park!

Les Grands Vins de Colette is a new Chardonnay project from Claire-Marie and Wendell Laidley, who previously co-founded Realm Cellars in Napa Valley in 2002.  This brand embodies their collective passion for Burgundian-style Chardonnay and is an opportunity for us to pay homage to Claire-Marie’s grandmother, Colette, whose life journey was made for the movies.

The winemaker is Rebecca George – she has an immense array of experiences and depth of talent for someone so young.  Her resume includes Marcassin (Helen Turley), Kelly Fleming, Williams Selyem and Domaine MeoCamuzet in Vosne-Romanee (France).

Colette 2009 “Durrell’ Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
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This is an amazing wine with lots of power from start to finish.  This is a Chardonnay that will even benefit with a few years in the bottle and will surely live a long life in the cellar!  I was stunned when I tasted the 2009 Colette.  This is truly a Premier Cru-type wine, if we’d had a designation in California.  Sourced from a unique block on the famous Durrell Estate, this wine offers tons of intensity from start to finish.  On the nose you’ll be presented with gorgeous aromas.  The palate is loaded with luscious fruit and the right balance of acid and minerality.  This might be one of the most impressive whites of the year.  Rich, yet silky smooth with the right amount of fruit and acid in sync a touch of butter scotch along the way.  The wine finishes long and elegant.  A true gem!

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Winemaker of the Year’s stunning Chardonnay

Bello is the story of a young boy with a dream, he wanted to be a champion.  He became very successful with his residential construction business, but that was not enough.  In 2000 he purchased a prime property in the Rutherford Bench district of Napa and began construction of this amazing site.  He hired David Abreu as his vineyard manager – do I need to say more?  He also purchased a thoroughbred racehorse, Megahertz, and brings her to the California stable of trainer Bobby Frankel. This young filly is the beginning of yet another champion story for Bello, but we are not talking horses today.  He also hired ace-winemaker (of the year in 2012) Aaron Pott as his winemaker and the team was complete!

Bello 2011 Chardonnay, Napa
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The 2011 vintage  required an experienced winemaker’s deft hand. Winemakers with experience outside California’s ideal vineyard climate produced wines of great complexity and elegance that will be excellent for early drinkers.  The 2011 Bello Chardonay offers up gorgeous aromas of pear, melon, peach, toasted almond and vanilla.  On the palate the wine’s richness attacks you instantly.  You’ll encounter gorgeous flavors of lychee, creme brulee, orange, toffee, with almond and melon harmonizing into a long finish. The wine was fermented on indigenous yeast in high-end French Oak Barrels. The full malolactic fermentation gives the wine great richness without being overpowering.  Small production.

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Araujo winemaker produces TWO new gems

Matt (Matthew D. Taylor)  traveled the world in pursuit of soil education.  That would best describe him in one sentence. Stints at wineries like Joseph Swan, Le Montrachet, Leflaive, Jerez, he eventually became the winegrower and winemaker at esteemed Arajuo Estates in the Napa Valley (recently sold to Chateau Latour!).  It was at Araujo that various doors opened widely for this talented youngster.  The Araujos even allowed him to created his own label Matthew D. Taylor.   Matt sourced Chardonnay from one of the best vineyards, Walker Station (Paul Hobbs) and Michaud (another Paul Hobbs source).  His production levels are very low, but incredibly high in the quality department.  Matt also started working with Harry Walker (Walker Station) and developed a “Montrachet Block” from budwood procured from the Reuling Vineyard (See Mark Aubert’s iconic  95+ rated wines)

Matthew D. Taylor 2009  Pinot Noir “Michaud”
250 cases produced
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The 2009 is everything this vineyard has aspired to and that Matt wanted it to be… BALANCED!  Weight without heaviness, ripe without being overripe or “hot”, layered aromatics and a finish that doesn’t stop giving.  Perfect?  I really don’t know what else to say but,  Enjoy!  It is an understated wine, you are greeted by bright and intense red stone fruit that jumps out of the glass. An attractive elegance on the mid-palate.   Clean, Burgundian quality that intertwines with burst of fruit.  This is Pinot Noir at its best!

Matthew D. Taylor 2011 Chardonnay “Walker Station”
ONLY 100 cases produced!
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An extravagant wine that means a lot to me. The 2011 Walker Station offers Crushed rock, white flowers, nectarines, citrus rind, dried apricot, hazelnut and brioche that  make one reminisce of Old World Chardonnays, of which this wines clonal material is founded, from the Montrachet Vineyard in Burgundy. A plush entry followed by focused acidity on the mid-palate and finish. Incredible texture! Great cellaring potential, but why wait?  100 cases produced!

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