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One of the blessings of being based in California is our access to a plethora of world-class winegrowing regions. No matter how often we travel around the state tasting wine we always seem to discover something new and exciting.
South of both Sonoma and Napa and east of San Francisco lies Contra Costa County, a lesser-known yet vastly underrated winegrowing region in the Central Coast AVA. It is home to some fantastic old-vine plantings of Zinfandel as well as Mourvedre and Carignan.
We recently tasted what we believe to be the best example and expression of this wine region: the 2019 Bedrock Wine Co. Evangelho Vineyard Heritage Red Wine. It is our September wine of the month.
We received this bottle, among others, for a virtual winetasting conducted by Aldo Sohm. The wine is a gem. It is a Zinfandel-based blend that also features Carignan, Mataro, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, Mission, Palomino, and Clairette Blanche.
Most of us on the executive board are suckers for wine that pours purple from the bottle to the glass. This Bedrock Wine shows that beautifully rich, opaque hue. On the nose you experience a powerful aroma of jammy black fruits. This wine is full bodied with ripe blackberry and leather on the tongue. Surprisingly low tannins and a silky mouth feel lead to a satisfyingly even finish. Outstanding.
As you know, at Peninsula Underground we don’t just love great wine, we love great value. This flagship Contra Costa County wine from Bedrock Wine Co. retails for under $40. It is a must buy and our September wine of the month.
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