Name: Bedrock Wine Co. Old Hill Ranch Heritage
Country: United States
Sub-Region: North Coast - Sonoma County- Sonoma Valley
Producer: Bedrock Wine Co.
Varietal: Red Blend
Though just Bedrock’s second vintage working with this storied site, my personal relationship with this ranch goes back to the early 80s when I was just a toddler. Long considered the greatest vineyard in the Ravenswood lineup, the vineyard has only gotten better over the last nineteen years under the careful oversight of Will Bucklin and his family. One of the oldest vineyards on resistant rootstock in the world, the vines here date to the 1880s and are a field blend of 30+ varieties, including Grenache, Mataro, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Alicante, and a cabal of Alpen varieties (Persan, Mollard, Etraire de la Dui, and Corbeau) that I am convinced add to the always alluring aromatics. The 2019 iteration shows off the playful and juicy side of this vineyard with oodles of lip-smacking fruit and spice sitting gracefully on a balanced frame of structure. For a Sonoma boy like me, this smells like home.