We're grateful to have worked with some wonderful vineyards over the years, not all of which we continue to work with today. The reasons for this are myriad: some are no longer in the ground, some have succumbed to vine disease, others were rerouted to other wineries, while others still began to feel mismatched with our own farming and winemaking philosophies. All of them have taught us something, and for that we are always grateful. We wanted to keep a section of the site dedicated to them so when people taste wines made from them over the years they still have something to reference.
Pagani Ranch, with its oldest vines dating to the 1880s, is one of the most famous old vineyards in the state for a reason. It is an honor for Bedrock to receive fruit from these ancient, scant-yielding, mixed black vines. Farmed by the same family for generations, the vineyard lies on two different soil types. The first, which has more of the Sonoma Mountain ashen-grey to its hue, is where the ancient, mixed-black vines grow. The Tuscan Red Hill series soils are deeper, and abut Highway 12 as it lolls forth between Glen Ellen and Kenwood. The vines here, planted in the 1920s, include Alicante Bouschet, Zinfandel, Mourvedre and Muscadelle, some of which find their way into the Pagani Ranch Heritage Wine and the Cuvee Karatas white wine. Certainly one of the most photographed and storied vineyards in Sonoma Valley, this nearly completes the rostrum of ancient-vine plenitude Bedrock Wine Co. is lucky enough to receive from Sonoma Valley.