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Bedrock Vineyard

Sonoma Valley

Owners: Peterson Family

Farmed By: Bedrock Wine Co.

Bedrock Vineyard is one of the most historically and qualitatively gilded plots of land in Sonoma Valley. Taking up 152 acres of the heart of Sonoma Valley, the vineyard occupies a large section of one of the best growing climates for grapes on earth.

Founded in 1854 by Generals William “Tecumseh” Sherman and General “Fightin’ Joe” Hooker, Bedrock Vineyard has grown grapes for over 150 years. Following the first epidemic of phylloxera in the mid-1880s, the vineyard was replanted in 1888 by Senator George Hearst—a mining magnate, an early father of California, and the father of publisher William Randolph Hearst. It is from those 135-year-old vines that the Bedrock Heritage Wine is crafted.

An old vine planted in the 1880s at Bedrock Vineyard

“It is an absolute privilege to oversee such a rich piece of Californian history.”

A newspaper clip with a photo of Bedrock Vineyard before it was called Bedrock Vineyard taken in 1905. The caption reads, “A millionaire capitalist, U.S. Sen. George Hearst at one time owned this sprawling 350-acre valley floor vineyard on Madrone Road. It later became a prime Sonoma County property of the California Wine Association (where this photograph was taken in 1905). The vineyard flourishes today, producing first-class wine grapes for Valley of the Moon Winery.”

Hearst’s widow eventually sold the vineyard to the California Wine Association in the early 1900s, and the vineyard produced grapes for the CWA until the passage of the Volstead Act and Prohibition. In 1934 the property was purchased by the sausage-making Parducci Family and was part of the estate vineyards of early Valley of the Moon Winery. In 1953, when relations between the Parducci family and the business partner Domenici family became acrimonious, the vineyard was split. The Parduccis took a smaller parcel of land with the winery, while the Domenicis took 152 acres of what was then known as “Madrone Ranch.” In 2005, our family became the latest curators of this remarkable piece and the ancient vines rooted in its soils.

It is a privilege to oversee such a rich piece of Californian history. Bedrock has become ground-zero for our understanding of farming and preserving old vines and the lessons it has taught us has provided a blue print for more recent restorations around the state.

Pato Vineyard

Contra Costa County

Owners: Contra Costa Water District

Farmed By: Bedrock Wine Co.

We’ve been farming Pato vineyard since 2012 and made our first vineyard-designated wine from this beautiful place in 2016. Planted in 1905 and located on the interior edge of Oakley, this well-known site (Ridge, Rosenblum, Neyers and others have vineyard-designated it in the past) is own-rooted and planted on the famous Delhi sands that define the area. Pato wines are completely different expression of the area than Evangelho—the site tends towards slightly higher pHs and a riper expression of the area. Here, dark fruit dominates, in part due to the larger percentage of Petite Sirah. The sandy soils provide supple texture and polish but there is considerable fruit weight.

Harvest at Pato Vineyard Fruit dropping in Pato Vineyard

Evangelho Vineyard

Contra Costa County

Owners: Bedrock Wine Co.

Farmed By: Bedrock Wine Co.

Own-rooted on forty-foot-deep banks of beach sand alongside the Sacramento River Delta, Evangelho is a totally unique site. Planted in the 1890s, the vineyard is a viticultural survivor—surrounded by evidence of suburban sprawl encroaching on one of the last agricultural islands left in Contra Costa County. A field-blend of Zinfandel, Carignane, Mourvedre, and others, the wines are fresh, bright, and typically have some of the lowest pHs of any of the Bedrock wines.

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“The visual is incongruous, logic-defying.”

–Esther Mobley, SF Chronicle

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Katushas’ Vineyard

Mokelumne River

Owners: Bedrock Wine Co.

Farmed By: Bedrock Wine Co. and Arbor Vineyard Management

Katushas’ Vineyard is the result of kismet, which seems appropriate for a vineyard named after mothers.

It all started the week of Mother’s Day in 2014. Chris and I were out in Lodi checking in on the 1915 plantings at our friend Tegan’s Kirschenmann Vineyard when we noticed a “for sale” sign on the much rougher looking vineyard across Schmiedt Lane. As we wandered into the vineyard, a truck raced up and the driver asked us what we were doing. We responded that we were interested in the vineyard. He told us, in a tone full of intimations, that he had an offer in on the piece and he was going to rip out the old vines and plant it to walnuts. Needless to say, that rubbed both Chris and me in the wrong way.

Katushas' Vineyard

“Katushas’ Vineyard is the result of kismet, which seems appropriate for a vineyard named after mothers.”

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Luckily, one of our good winemaking friends in Lodi also happens to be an excellent realtor, and made some inquiries for us. Four days later we had an offer in on the vineyard and three days after that we were signing papers. We had bought our first vineyard!

In the subsequent years we have changed the entire culture of the straggly vineyard. We installed subsurface irrigation in place of the old school furrow irrigation that had been used. We pruned the 10-acre vineyard ourselves, removing a massive amount of dead wood and cutting back the number of spur positions to about half of the previous amount. On top of this, we spread nearly 100 tons of compost and dolomitic lime to rectify the ill effects of years of cheap nitrogen fertilizer and subsequent decline in soil pH, and planted cover crops. In only two years shoot length and vine vigor have dramatically improved as has wine quality.

We decided to name the vineyard Katushas’ for a few reasons. First, the vineyard previously had no name and was one of so many faceless old vineyards in Lodi that went into larger blends. Second, the ancestry of many of those who settled in Lodi were of German-Ukrainian descent. My step-mother’s mother was named Katusha and fled Ukraine. My mother, who goes by Kate, was born Katherine (the English version of Katusha). Third, our offer was accepted the day before Mother’s Day. It all seemed to indicate some maternal strumming of the celestial strings.

Nervo Ranch


Owners: Greg Nervo

Farmed By: Bedrock Wine Co. and Grace Vineyard Management

With its oldest vines planted in 1896 on 25-35 degree slopes of decomposed shale, Nervo Ranch is one of the most distinct vineyards in Sonoma County. Its oldest blocks are a unique patchwork of red and white varieties once used for the now extinct Nervo Winery’s “California Burgundy.” Our Heritage Wine, which comes from these ancient vines, is made up of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Negrette (once known as Pinot St. George), Alicante Bouschet, Carignan, Grenache, Grand Noir, Trousseau Noir, Valdigue, Abouriou (Early Burgundy), Semillon, Burger, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and more. It tends to be both perfumed and aromatic, reflecting the shale soils and climate that define the area south of Geyserville.

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When we first started working with the property it was being farmed by the amazing Joe Mengali, who over the course of decades poured hours of work and love into the property (including installing, in seeming direct contradiction to physic, a Pacific Union Caboose on the top of the hill). Unfortunately, Joe, who was exposed to Agent Orange while serving in the Vietnam War, passed away from cancer in 2015. With the blessing of the Mengali and Nervo families we assumed farming control of the vineyard starting with vintage 2016 and started pouring our own hearts into the magical place. We hope Joe would be proud.

Oakville Farmhouse Vineyard


Owners: Mark and Molly Gamble

Farmed By: Bedrock Wine Co.

The tiny Oakville Farmhouse, planted in the 1930s, is the oldest remaining vineyard in the appellation. Wedged within an ocean of tightly spaced Cabernet plantings, the diverse vineyard is a remnant of an older, and perhaps more interesting, Napa Valley. The vineyard is planted to an array of varieties including Negrette, Mondeuse, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan, Colombard, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Malvasia Bianca and more.

In the 1880s, H.W. Crabb, the original owner of the famous To Kalon Vineyard, named his favorite of the over 300 varieties planted and sold at his ranch at the time: Crabb’s Black Burgundy.

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It turns out that Crabb’s Black Burgundy, which was widely grown in Napa Valley and across the rest of the state, is Mondeuse. The last remaining old Mondeuse in Napa Valley is at this vineyard, located just a few hundred yards from the edge of Crabb’s historic ranch.

Beeson Ranch

Dry Creek Valley

Owners: The Ellison & Kurtzman Families

Farmed By: Bedrock Wine Co. and North Pacific Vineyard Management

After consulting on the farming since 2018, we made our first Beeson Ranch Heritage Wine in 2021—the first year our long-term lease went into effect. Beeson Ranch is a stunning site located in a steep amphitheater on the southwestern edge of Dry Creek Valley. ​​The soils, classified as a combination of Boomer and Josephine loams, are extremely complex and are red in color, silty in texture and flecked with large chunks of quartz crystal, greenstone and other metavolcanic formations. The blocks, almost all originally planted in the early 1900s, are generally Zinfandel, though you can stumble across a Petite Sirah or Grenache vine here and there. Perhaps what we love most though about the ranch is how different its backdrop is compared to much of Dry Creek. While the famed eastern bench of Dry Creek backs up to mountains filled with coyote brush, manzanita, madrone and scrub oak—all classic to a low water, western-facing landscape—the top of Beeson Ranch is made of massive redwoods and all the lush plants that flourish in their shadow. To this day, an artesian spring flows behind the property, some of its water captured in a century-old cistern reminiscent of a Japanese pagoda. The wines reflect this transitory setting between the aridity of Sonoma County’s central corridor and the more verdant lands to the west, making wines of both breadth and elegance.

Beeson Ranch Cover Crop at Beeson Ranch

Sodini Ranch

Russian River Valley

Owners: Steve Marshall

Farmed By: Bedrock Wine Co. and Grace Vineyard Management

Planted in 1905, Sodini Vineyard is located along Limerick Lane in the far eastern reaches of Russian River Valley. Dry-farmed and low-cropping, the resulting wines tend to be a hybrid of the opulence found in Dry Creek with the bright acids and freshness of Russian River Valley—aka, delicious. The vineyard was used by Chris Bilbro at Marietta Cellars in 1978 and continued to go to the winery until 2012, when we started taking the fruit. In addition, Rochioli vineyard designated fruit from the hillside block in the 1990s.

Sodini Winery Sign

Just as the vineyard character is a hybrid of Dry Creek weight and Russian River flash and perfume, the soils are a similar reflection of the two areas. The flat section of the vineyard features sandy-clay loam soils very typical of the Russian River Valley plain while the hillside features red clay loam soils more similar to those found at Teldeschi Ranch on the Dry Creek Bench. In addition to this the soils are chalk flecked, a reminder that Chalk Hill is also in close proximity.

Owned by Steve Sodini and his wife, we are thrilled to lease and farm the vineyard—which has allowed us to start renewing the soil and site for future generations. In most years we select the best barrels for a vineyard designate while the remaining portion is a main portion of our Old Vine Zinfandel bottling.

Alta Vista Vineyard

Moon Mountain District

Owners: Helle Griffiss (Morgan’s 2nd Grade Teacher)

Farmed By: Bedrock Wine Co.

Gewurtzraminer planted on ridiculously steep slopes in the 1940s high above the town of Sonoma? It exists, albeit barely, at Alta Vista Vineyard.

When you arrive at the old homestead at the entrance of Alta Vista Ranch you would never know a vineyard exists on the property. The old ranch home, dating to the 1800s and a slew of outbuildings, barns and worn rock walls instead greet the eye. Four dogs enthusiastically greet you, two nanny goats bleat, and a perhaps not completely sane, half-blind horse stalks as one fords a small creek and walks through a hillside meadow. During the spring and early summer the smell of yerba buena and chamomile crushed underfoot waft into the air mixing with laurel bay and a hint of the future dry season ahead. Here, just a few miles from downtown Sonoma, one feels lost in time.

To arrive at the vineyard one continues on from the meadow and outbuildings and winds, for another quarter mile, up a road hewn from boulders of basalt and the signature red loams of this part of the Moon Mountain District AVA. Even at the top of the road it is hard to immediately discern the vineyard, until upon undoing the many lashes of wire and rope holding a make-shift fence into place and walking another fifteen feet upwards the vineyard opens up before you. A stunning two and half acres of vines happily rooted into a sunny southward facing slope. If you make it to the top of the vineyard you are treated to one of the most gorgeous views of San Pablo Bay, Mount Tamalpais and San Francisco in the distance.

Alta Vista

I had known of Alta Vista Vineyard as a child as my father worked with the vineyard in the 90s—making some rather delicious dessert and drier style wines from the site. In fact, the vineyard was a bit notorious for having a very aggressive billy goat that had, at one time, broken the arm of one of the owners. However, Constellation eventually gave up the contract and the person who had been farming it just could not muster the desire to farm such an odd little parcel so unfriendly to more modern mechanical agronomy. Around 2010 my father heard that it been torn up.

Thankfully the property owners, Helle and Mac Griffiss reached out to me in 2012. Mac had told Helle that I loved old vineyards, and Helle, who had known me since childhood having worked at my elementary school in Sonoma (and still calls me “Morg” in her adorable German accent to this day) found my number. Unfortunately the vineyard was in pretty rough shape having not been pruned for at least two years with powdery mildew and botrytis essentially allowed to run unchecked.

In 2012 and 2013, Alberto, Diane and crew spent an enormous amount of time repruning the vineyard for future crop, cutting out piles of dead wood, and extracting unmoored old fruiting wires and replacing them. In 2014 we received our first small amount of crop from the vineyard that allowed us to make a whopping two barrels from the 2.5 acres of fruit (I think we set a county record for price-per-ton of Gewurtz that year, touching $11k a ton in farming costs). We received similar, though slightly increasing amounts of the perfumed, vivacious fruit in 2015 and 2016.

Now, to be honest, I don’t really like Gewurtzraminer all that much. Too often it can be cloying and heavy, either all about perfume and bitter, or excessively alcoholic or sweet. It is a tough grape to make well. However, I LOVE Alta Vista Gewurtzraminer. For me, the secret lies in its mountain location where the fruit maintains unusually high malic acid for the variety. Since we do not allow the finished wine to go through malolactic (where that malic acid gets converted to softer lactic acid) the wine carries all the gorgeous aromatic hallmarks of lovely Gewurtz but also retains acidity, nerve and freshness.

Happily, we have a long-term agreement to continue farming the vineyard and ensuring that it continues to bear its lovely fruit.

Compagni Portis Vineyard

Sonoma Valley

Owners: Natalie Compagni Portis, Farmer, and Sugar Families

Farmed By: Bedrock Wine Co.

Compagni Portis Vineyard is a jewel remaining from a bygone age. Prior to the current dominance of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in the realm of California whites, the white wines of from our Golden State came from a mélange of aromatic and semi-aromatic varietals. Though many of these vineyards were torn up for a good reason—Palomino and Colombard hardly made inspirational wines and were more valued for their productivity—a few unique vineyards survived.

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Compagni Portis is one of these remaining treasures. Planted in 1954, the vineyard is organically dry-farmed under the guidance of organic guru Phil Coturri. The head-trained vines are a palate of fascinating white varietals—Gewurtzraminer, Trousseau Gris, Riesling, Burger, and some that remain unidentified—producing stingy yields of under 1 ton per acre.

The resulting wine is exotic and aromatic, dense and totally unconventional. It is as unique as the vineyard from which it comes.

Puccini Vineyard

Sonoma Valley

Owners: Ken Puccini

Farmed By: Bedrock Wine Co.

A jewel of a vineyard planted in 1906, Puccini is perched at 750’ above Shultz Road in the back-alleys of Sonoma Valley (its closest neighbor as the bird flies is Rossi Ranch). I, half-jokingly, call the vineyard “Clos de Puccini” due to its resemblance to some of the walled Clos of France. The 1-acre vineyard was put in by a stonemason who erected a beautiful rock wall around three sides of the vines on the steep hillsides to keep out grape-loving wildlife. The vineyard is gorgeous, and has been lovingly cared for by the Puccini family for the last two generations.

Puccini Vineyard

Friends' Vineyards

Old Hill Ranch

Sonoma Valley

Owners: Will Bucklin & Lizanne Pastore

Farmed By: Will Bucklin

Old Hill Ranch is more than just one of the greatest old vineyards in California – it’s one of the greatest in the world. The site’s notoriety dates to the basal days of the California and Sonoma Valley wine industry. As early as 1856, it was noted that a grape called Black St. Peter (later to be known as Zinfandel) was growing on the property, and a decade later an example received lauding from the Pacific Herald Press, noting, "We sampled a bottle of wine from the cellar of Wm. McPherson Hill made from the Zinfandel grape, a new variety that is growing in favor with winemakers…The wine was pronounced by the gentlemen who tasted it to be superior to any they had seen in the state."

Sunrise over Old Hill Ranch First Harvest at Old Hill

I think any soul who visits Old Hill Ranch is immediately struck both by its almost quiescent beauty—it is tucked into a fold of Sonoma Valley’s gently rippled floor—but also by the vitality that runs through the place. Today, Will Bucklin and Lizanne Pastore’s farmhouse, surrounded by fruit trees, gardens, and native pollinating flowers for Lizanne’s beloved bees, sits at the crest of a small hill shaded by ancient valley oaks. The vineyard lolls out to the east with the flanks of Mt. Veeder in the distance, creating a timeless Sonomascape postcard. The vines here, dating to the 1880s, are stately creatures of diverse variety with over 30 different cultivars present in the field blend—Zinfandel, Grenache, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Mataro, along with far more uncommon additions like Persan, Mollard, Etraire de la Dui and even grapes that have no matching genetic fingerprint. There is also a single block rich in table grapes of varying size, flavor and hue. The place is animated alchemy, a witch’s pot of deliciousness.

Teldeschi Vineyard

Dry Creek Valley

Owners: The Teldeschi Family

Farmed By: John Teldeschi

Dry Creek Valley is about as close to God’s land when it comes to Zinfandel as there is. Within the valley itself, there is a particular area where vinous angels sing the loudest and most beautifully. This of course, is the Dry Creek bench.

Teldeschi Vineyard

“Of all the lovely old vineyards that my father and I have had the opportunity to work with, this is the longest and one of the deepest relationships we have formed.”

Teldeschi Vineyard

Upon this bench of red, cobbly, porous soil, grow the old dry-farmed vines at Teldeschi Ranch. Of all the lovely old vineyards that my father and I have had the opportunity to work with, this is the longest and one of the deepest relationships we have formed. My father, after working with Teldeschi fruit with Joe Swan in the 70s, began working with the fruit for Ravenswood in 1984. He has worked with the fruit every year for over three decades and when I went to start Bedrock it was only natural to have Teldeschi be one of the foundational wines for the new project.

It was Lorenzo, the grandfather of the current generation of the family that planted the oldest Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Carignan vines on the ranch, from which the Heritage Wines springs forth. Thus, we named our Teldeschi Heritage Wine "Lorenzo’s Heritage" from 2007-2019.

Monte Rosso Vineyard

Moon Mountain District

Owners: The Gallo Family

Farmed By: Brenae Royal

Perched nearly 2000 feet above Bedrock Vineyard on the bright red, volcanic soils of Mt. Veeder lies Monte Rosso Vineyard. Described as one of the most beautiful vineyards in the world, on a clear day one faces west and looks all the way to the blue of San Pablo Bay and the pointed edifices of San Francisco in the distance.

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Not only is Monte Rosso gorgeous, it is a wonder of viticulture in the 19th century. There is perhaps no vineyard that would have been harder to put in, and when thinks of the size of the property, this simply doubles in wonderment. The 350+ acres of Monte Rosso lie on the last high flank of the Mayacamas Range. It is named Monte Rosso for its bright-red, iron-rich soils, which impart a remarkable perfume to all grapes from the vineyard. In fact, the terroir here is so strong that I have often mistaken a Monte Rosso Cabernet for Zinfandel—the wines smell and taste like Monte Rosso, far less like the given varietal. What it took to put in the vines back in the 1890s must have been jaw-dropping. In an era of nearly zero automation, no pile-drivers, no back-hoes, and limited means to break-up and terrace the rock, putting in the 350-acre vineyard must have been one of the greatest feats of wine-growing history.

Carlisle Vineyard

Russian River Valley

Owners: Mike & Kendall Officer

Farmed By: Atlas Vineyard Management

One element we love most about the wine industry is getting to work so closely with good friends and fellow mission driven winemakers. We think one of the coolest things about our business is that those who are technically our competitors are also those with whom we share vineyards, ideas, and discussion. There is a prevailing ethos that a “rising tide raises all boats,” and that having multiple expressions of a vineyard site is more interesting than having just one. Carlisle Vineyard is one great example of this as its owners, Mike and Kendall Officer, are dear friends and two of the most decent people you will ever meet.

Carlisle Vineyard

Mike and Kendall’s vineyard, planted in 1934, lies in what we call the Piner/Olivet area of the Russian River Valley. Around the intersection of these two roads you can find a rare clumping of old vineyards that have somehow survived the last 100+ years. Papera, Mancini, Ziegler, Saitone, Montafi, Two Acres, and more can all be found here, sending their roots into grey clay loam soils. Even in the midst of such great company Carlisle Vineyard, which was formerly known as Pelleti, stands out in no small part due to the incredible love and care (aka, greenbacks!) that Mike and Kendall have put into it over the years.

Despite being nearly 90% Zinfandel, Carlisle Vineyard also stands out for the stunning breadth of varieties found among its old vines. It is a little like traipsing through a living museum of known and not-so-known varieties. Cultivars like Albillo Mayor, Grec Rouge, Mondeuse, Clairette Blanche, Petit Bouschet, Tempranillo, Flame Tokay and many more can be found among the more standard field-blending varieties of Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, and Mataro. I would merit a guess that the soaring aromatics and complex yet satisfyingly juicy fruit profile can be traced to the subtle intricacies and contributions of these varieties.

This is a world class vineyard, uniquely California and uniquely Russian River Valley.

Papera Ranch

Russian River Valley

Owners: Stuart Coulsen

Farmed By: Atlas Vineyard Management

A few years ago Papera Ranch faced death from the Pinot Noir firing squad. Remember that fickle post-Sideways moment when everyone, seemingly dumb to the basic rules of supply and demand, wanted to plant Pinot Noir? Well, that was a dark age for Old Vine Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley. It was the persecuted in the Holy Reformation and Crusade of Pinot Noir. Too many great old Zinfandel vineyards were ripped up and replanted in the dark opening decade of the new millennium.

Papera Ranch

The year it was planted, Franklin Roosevelt was taking his first oath of office and Prohibition was repealed. “This was all going to be ripped out a few years ago and planted to Pinot Noir,” Officer says of the 76-year-old vineyard.

Thankfully, Papera Ranch was not one of them. Stuart Coulson was the savior when he bought the property at the urging of Carlisle’s Mike Officer. The vineyard, on the corner of Piner and Olivet Road, was planted in 1934 by Charlie Papera. It is a stone throw from other great sites such as Carlisle Vineyard, Mancini Ranch, and the ghost of Barbieri (a victim of the Pinot-madness whose loss we mourn). Though most of the vineyard blocks are close to 100% Zinfandel, there is one block that is highly mixed—having lots of Carignane and dashes of Petite Sirah, Valdigue, Cabernet, Trousseau Gris, Mission, several unknowns, and even a lone Pinot Noir vine. Clearly, this is the one that is a perfect fit for Bedrock Wine Co.!

Since the remainder of the vineyard goes to such luminaries as Carlisle, Novy, and William-Selyem, it is an enormous honor to receive fruit from the 1407 vines of the mixed, Block 6!

Dolinsek Ranch

Russian River Valley

Owners: Jim & Kathleen Dolinsek

Farmed By: Jim Dolinsek

Dolinsek Ranch

Surely, a vineyard on the site was famous! Sandy Goldridge loams, vines that are clearly nearly a century old, lying in the Golden Triangle—spitting distance from Rebecca’s, Swan, Kistler’s Vine Hill, and Pax’s Walker Vine Hill.

So, with my close friend Chris Cottrell in tow, I sacked up, stopped, and knocked on the door. In fact, as it turns out, I had tasted the fruits of the vines many, many, times before from bottles held tightly in my father’s basement (for one of the wineries who received the fruit was, indeed, close to his heart). Though known as Dolinsek Ranch now, the vineyard is the old Frati Ranch, made into so many great wines by my father’s mentor Joe Swan.

It may be one of the greatest sites for Zinfandel I have ever seen. The oldest vines, planted in 1910, are roughly 70% Zin, and the rest is made up of Alicante Bouschet, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, Teroldego, and a few mysterious others.

When the father of Angelo Frati planted vines on a north-facing hillside of Sandy Goldridge loam in the heart of the Russian River Valley back in 1910 he had no idea how happy he was going to make a young winemaker 99 years later. The vineyard yields tiny quantities of intense fruit. It is this unique combination of fast-draining soils, cool climate, and interplanted varietals that allow the wines from Dolinsek Ranch to be utterly distinctive. It is the perfect cooler-climate compliment to the Heirloom Wines made from Bedrock Vineyard in Sonoma Valley and Lorenzo’s Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley.

The vineyard is carefully tended by the Dolinseks, who purchased the property a decade ago and have helped ensure the vineyard thrives for years to come. It is my great hope that Bedrock Wine Co. gets to enjoy seeing it thrive alongside them for years to come.

Esola Vineyard

Shenendoah Valley

Owners: Denise Esola

Farmed By: Denise Esola

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Owned by the colorful Denise Esola, a woman who has lived enough for multiple lifetimes, this vineyard lies in the heart of Amador’s Shenandoah Valley. Her head-trained, dry-farmed Zinfandel vines are planted on granitic soils and have perhaps the smallest berries and clusters I have seen on the variety. The resulting wines are fragrant and structured expressions of the grape—among my favorite wines we make every year. The wines from the vineyard seem fitting for one run by a former dancer, they are showy, lithe, and fun!

Wirz Vineyard

Cienega Valley

Owners: Pat Wirz

Farmed By: Pat

The area south of Hollister, known as Cienega Valley, is perhaps one of the last relatively undiscovered bastions of old vines in California. At the forefront of remaining vineyards is Pat Wirz’s own-rooted Riesling. Planted in 1963, the vineyard is one of the oldest Riesling vineyards in the country. That it is planted decomposed granite and limestone soils in the eastern shadow of the Gabilan Range just adds to its significant appeal and personality. Just one look at the magnificent Pat Wirz himself tells you all you need to know.

Pat Wirz

“Just one look at the magnificent Pat Wirz himself tells you all you need to know.”

Wirz Vineyard

Montecillo Vineyard

Moon Mountain District

Owners: Stewart Cellars

Farmed By: Chuy Ordaz

Montecillo Vineyard sits at the top of the winding and rough Nelligan Road on the northern edge of the Moon Mountain District AVA. Owned by Karin Lee, the widow of Kenwood Winery founder Mike Lee, the vineyard contains some of the oldest remaining Cabernet in the state. Our block, planted in the 1960s is dry-farmed on a widely spaced “California Sprawl” trellising system. For those of us who love old-school California Mountain Cabernet this is an absolute treasure, yielding age-worthy wines of incredible aromatic dexterity.

Montecillo Vineyard

“For those of us who love old-school California Mountain Cabernet, this is an absolute treasure, yielding age-worthy wines of incredible aromatic dexterity.”

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Farmed by the singular Chuy Ordaz, Montecillo was long the backbone of the famous Kenwood Artist Series wines. We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to source fruit from this staggeringly beautiful vineyard.

Hudson Vineyards

Napa, Carneros

Owners: Lee Hudson

Farmed By: Kelly MacLeod

If there is any vineyard I am lucky enough to get fruit from that needs no introduction, it is this one.

Farmed by the indefatigable Lee Hudson, who is aided by the brilliance and experience of Kelly MacLeod and Andres Urena, Hudson Vineyard is an example of what perfectionist farming, undertaken for decades, can create. It is an honor to be trusted with four separate blocks of fruit from the vineyard. T-east and T-west were planted for my dear friend Michael Havens back in 1993—making it the oldest existing Syrah in the Carneros. In addition to these two blocks, Bedrock also receives two killer parcels of fruit planted to Alban-selection Syrah from both the front ranch and the back.

Hudson Vineyard

“I used to think I liked simple things,” Hudson said. “My life has proven that I must love complicated things.”

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Though I am not sure that Lee knows it himself, many a person, upon entering this piece of land deem this “Hudsonia.” It is not hard to see why. Not only are some of the best grapes in California grown here, but the passion applied to grapes is also applied to the creation of thousand pound pumpkins, gourds that would make Shaquille O’Neal feel inferior, friendly and delicious pigs, and breathtaking grounds. There is a magic here—but it is that magic that only hard work, imagination, and absolute perfectionism combined with an already starkly beautiful scape can achieve. Somehow I feel more whole when I leave Hudson Vineyard—it is rare that any piece of land anywhere can do that.

Bien Nacido Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley

Owners: The Miller Family

Farmed By: The Miller Family/Chris Hammell

We are fortunate to work with a number of stunningly situated vineyards but Bien Nacido, the grande dame of Santa Maria, certainly ranks towards the very top. The site, originally developed in the early-70s has been responsible for multiple generations of the best wines made on California’s Central Coast from multiple varieties. The extraordinarily cold site, within view of the Pacific Ocean on a clear day, continues to blow our minds year after year with the levels of full physiological maturity it can reach at extremely low potential alcohols. We work with Syrah from multiple mesoclimates at the vineyard, from the very cold X-Block to the slightly warmer climes of Z and Block 11, along with a small amount of Chardonnay from the original, own-rooted, 1973 plantings.

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Judge Vineyard

Bennett Valley

Owners: Joe & Gail Judge

Farmed By: Judge Family

This lovely, rock-strewn site on the western edge of Bennett Valley always combines wonderful aromatic fruit with uncanny density and extremely bright acid, making a complete and racy style of Sauvignon Blanc that’s a favorite among the Bedrock crew year after year. In order to plant the site, owner Joe and Gail Judge had to remove thousands of tons of rock to make the site plantable. The sparse soils are ideal for balancing the notorious vigor of Sauvignon Blanc, turning out dense and vibrant wines year after year.

Under the Mountain Vineyard

Santa Clara

Owners: The Gregory Family

Farmed By: Seth Gregory

A century ago, the area between San Jose south to Gilroy was a verdant oasis of various agricultural pursuits. Like much of the bay, the agricultural past has ceded way to the suburban present, leaving only small remnants behind. Vineyard Under the Mountain, located north of Hecker Pass in Santa Clara County, at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains is one of the small jewels that escaped the bulldozer. Though the planting date is unknown, we are guessing these scant cropping vines (less than 1 ton per acre) were planted sometime in the 1910s or 1920s and are some of the last remaining old vines in a region that was once covered with vineyards. Over the last few years, the Gregory family has put an enormous amount of sweat and love into rehabilitating this vineyard. Thanks to their efforts we get to taste the beautiful and precise Zinfandel and Carignan from the site.

Sky Vineyard

Mt. Veeder

Owners: Olds Family

Farmed By: Olds Family

Sky Vineyard, the masterpiece and lifework of Lore Olds, is one of California’s most distinct Zinfandel vineyards. With the oldest vines dating to 1973, it has long been farmed organically with zero-tillage. It is so remotely located in the wilds atop Mt. Veeder that it is completely off-grid. Its mountainous wines represent a beautiful quieting in the midst of a world constantly hammering the fast-forward button. The wines are wild and age beautifully; filled with the contribution of the surrounding mountain chaparral, they are everything that makes Mt. Veeder amazing.

Sky Vineyard Sunrise

The Bedrock Family

Though Chris and I tend to be the outward face of Bedrock one cannot get a real sense of how Bedrock wines are made without a humble bow to the small group who bust their behinds for us almost every single day. Though possessing different personalities and strengths we can say that a golden thread of thoughtfulness, intrepidness and kindness runs through the group as a whole. -MTP


Associate Winemaker Cody Rasmussen tasting barrel samples at the Bedrock winery

Associate Winemaker Cody Rasmussen was born in Arizona and raised in Iowa, places that respectively instilled in him his lifelong loves of collecting rocks and reading (not much else to do in Iowa). He double-majored in political science and economics at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he met his first intellectual nemesis, Chemistry 201—a cruel irony a few years later when he had to self-teach about redox reactions and polar-covalent bonds in the cellar.

A month abroad in Stellenbosch and a semester eating all the pizza in Rome introduced Cody to the wine world, and back at Williams for Senior year, Cody spent all his food money on wine from the local wine shop while opting for the collegial sustenance of ramen, Mac ‘n’ Cheese and frozen pizza. The Wine Atlas and The Oxford Companion to Wine guided his extra-curricular studies; Reading Between the Wines changed the course of his career ambitions.

He sent a cold-call email to every winery in the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander valleys and landed his first harvest job in the Russian River Valley in 2011. He then worked harvests at Patz & Hall in Sonoma and Craggy Range Winery in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, before becoming Bedrock Wine Co’s third employee in summer 2013. Cody, his wife Emily and their sons Caleb and Drew live in Sonoma with their golden retriever Maya. When not in the winery, Cody is most frequently found cooking Serious Eats recipes, devouring the pages of a viticulture book or backpacking in the High Sierras.

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Assistant Winemaker Katie Rouse reviewing barrel samples at the Bedrock winery

Growing up in a Virginia wine-growing family, Assistant Winemaker Katie Rouse was always interested in the culture of winemaking, as it brought together “an incredible ragtag group of craftspeople, musicians, and life-enthusiasts” around her. But despite spending fall afternoons after soccer practice washing picking bins in the rain, somehow the romance of the industry didn’t appeal to her – until a college class called “Terroir” attracted her Geology major self to the creative and scientific possibilities of winemaking.

Now with a Master of Science degree in Viticulture & Enology from UC Davis, Katie comes to Bedrock after winemaking stints around the world - most recently as cellarmaster at Crocker & Starr in Napa but also in Burgundy and with our friends Andrea and Chris Mullineux in the Swartland of South Africa.

Her favorite type of rock (yes, of course she has a favorite type of rock) is unakite – a beautiful type of altered granite that is pink feldspar orthoclase with pistachio-colored epidote. “I have a few stones of it in my car to bring me good juju,” she says.

When wine isn’t in her glass, she’s most likely drinking a cold gin and tonic or a tall glass of pilsner – and when not at the winery, Katie is most likely found rolling fresh pasta, foraging roadside plants for a seasonal wreath, reading another page of “On Food and Cooking” by Harold McGee or playing a feisty game of cribbage.

Oh, and as if we weren’t already impressed enough by her badassery, Katie has also run two marathons, was a glacier guide in Alaska, and has her own side-hustle wine brand called Birdhorse, focusing on natural and diverse wines that she makes with her partner Corinne.

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