Morgan Twain Peterson literally grew up in the wine world watching his dad, Joel Peterson, founder of Ravenswood, craft wonderful Zinfandel. Thanks to his time at the feet of his Zinfandel Master Pop, Morgan has learned to appreciate the value of old vines and knows where to find some of the best preserved field blends in California. Morgan founded Bedrock Wine Co. in 2007 with the objective to “channel the fruit of ancient vines into powerful, elegant, and distinctly Californian wines.” It is fair to say, he has achieved this objective many times over since then, having made quite a name for himself in the process. His production is seriously allocated and we have been proud supporters of just about everything he has made since the beginning. Of all the great wines Morgan makes, his ‘Ode to Lulu’ Rosé has to be one of our favorites, especially since he does it in honor of Lucie ‘Lulu’ Tempier from the great Domaine Tempier in Bandol. Morgan had the pleasure and honor of working at the iconic Provençal estate and the experience no doubt inspired him to achieve big things with his own label.
We also love that this wine just keeps getting better with every new vintage. Morgan believes this is his best yet and most “Bandol-esque iteration”. That may have to do with the fact that the blend is back to a more Mourvèdre based wine as is preferred at Domaine Tempier and with most Bandol rosés. It is 75% old vine Mataro (Mourvèdre) from Pagani Ranch in Sonoma Valley planted in the early 1900s and Live Oak Vineyard in Contra Costa County planted in the 1920s, with 25% Grenache sourced from truly old vines planted between 1888-1922 at Gibson Ranch in Mendocino County. Morgan used grapes that were picked earlier at “low potential alcohol and whole cluster pressed, leaving behind the signature faint salmon color.” Aromas on the nose evoke garden flowers, white strawberry and nectarine skin while the light-bodied palate feels more snappy and savory with notes of citrus peel, dried flowers and chilled, firm white nectarine. The finish is very crisp and racy with excellent mouthwatering acidity and great length, especially for a rosé. We wholeheartedly agree with Morgan’s assessment when he calls it “dangerously drinkable stuff” and know Lulu would also absolutely concur. Too bad we can’t all enjoy it with her at Domaine Tempier!