Bedrock Wine Co., North Coast Syrah 2015

Bedrock Wine Company has fast become known for two things: characterful old vine field blends from vineyards like Pagani and Bedrock, and absolutely mind-blowing, critic-swooning Syrah. The North Coast Syrah is their introduction to the Syrah side of their portfolio.

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Bedrock Wine Company has fast become known for two things: characterful old vine field blends from vineyards like Pagani and Bedrock, and absolutely mind-blowing, critic-swooning Syrah. The North Coast Syrah is their introduction to this half of their portfolio, and one of their most inexpensive wines at 20-24$ retail. Its a tired cliche to hear folks talk about a wine ‘punching above it weight’ but every single time I try a North Coast Syrah from these guys, I do a double take at my receipt. I would have no problem guessing 30-35$ for this wine if I tasted it blind. Hopefully it doesn’t go that high!

 

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This pours a deep dark purple and opens with aromas of dark fruit, pepper and olive brine. Saline, slate, and garrigue follow with a really delightful blend of savory and plummy fruits. The palate is concentrated and full bodied with damson, boysenberry, and saline qualities leading to a medium finish of gritty tannin. Great acidity, good with food and by itself for those who appreciate the oomph in the glass.

Despite the robust, well delineated structure and gritty tannin, I would peg this as a early to medium term wine, though developing really well over the next 5-7 years. For my taste, I have zero problem decanting one of these and drinking them asap.

Bedrock Wine Co North Coast Syrah 2014

The 2014 Bedrock Wine Co. North Coast Syrah is a complex, brooding red wine and a ridiculous value.

Quite a bit richer at this stage than the 2013 was 5 months ago but still a great dark, brooding, complex young Syrah (co-fermented with a drop of Viognier). This one is inky black with purple reflection. The nose is viognier forward (so some surprising tropical notes), then blackberry and olive, with pronounced salinity and smoke. The palate is rich and smooth with rough tannin that smoothed out over time with air. I rarely go for the big jam packed style, but this has enough rough edges and complexity to keep most drinkers happy, and will age well too.

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Price ~24$

Cellar Rating- **3-10 years

Food pairing – Rich, hearty braises, pork roasts with darker sauces, anything smokey or salty to help compete with the density of flavor here.