Bedrock Vineyard is a piece of California wine history. Bedrock was originally planted in 1854 by none other than Generals William Tecumseh Sherman and "Fightin' Joe" Hooker, who were dispatched to Sonoma at the outbreak of the Mexican-American War. This wine is made from the 1888 plantings, which were only 126 years old in 2014, resulting in a level of flavor impact and concentration that simply can't be matched by younger vines.
Galloni noted that it's "one of the warmer sites Carlisle works with. All of that intensity comes through in a big, dramatic wine endowed with serious presence, intensity and tannic heft. Black cherries, menthol, tar, licorice and smoke hit the palate in a big wine that shows the virile side of Zinfandel."
Former software engineer Mike Officer started Carlisle in 1998 in his garage with the help of his wife Kendall and college buddy Jay Maddox, and he’s never looked back. Today, he is recognized along with Turley and Bedrock as a top artisan producer of Zinfandel, and we would place him in the same "enthusiast-garagiste-perfectionist" category as Russell Bevan, whose wines you've embraced in a huge way. Officer sells most of his wines to his mailing list and restaurants.