Dozens of new wineries emerge from California each year, and many deliver exciting wines. Every once in a while, though, a new winery appears that somehow sets itself apart from the field. What makes Sonoma's Bedrock so exciting is a combination of things, starting with its winemaker, Morgan Twain-Peterson, and his choice of wines and the quality.
The winery owner was always so excited with his newest creation that he inevitably brought samples to the office the day of or after bottling. Not a good idea.
Wines come to market much earlier than they used to and many that are aged in oak spend less time there, too.
Whenever I read comments from wine lovers yearning for the grand old wines of yesteryear, two thoughts immediately cross my mind: The comment is probably coming from an aging white male (takes one to know one), and they can't be serious. While a wine like the 1974 Mayacamas is wonderful, it's an anomaly of its era.
My concept of wine perfection has received a considerable amount of attention since this past Wednesday, when the scores for two of Schrader's 2007 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernets were revealed in the Insider. I gave them both 100-point ratings. It's the first time any newly released wine has received a perfect rating from me in my nearly 30-year career here.