Monterey Bay

Bedrock Zinfandel Esola Vineyard

If you were to tell me 13 years ago that a lightly colored, well-structured, expressively perfumed wine from Amador County that is more about finesse than power would be one of our most popular wines, I would have been quite surprised (thankful, but surprised).  Esola is as singular as the former dancer, Denise Esola, who oversees this remarkable site today and my favorite wine to break out for people who purport to have an “old world” palate.  Though there is plenty of California fruit here, it lies upon a firm foundation (the subsoil is granite) that reminds me more of Nerello Mascalese or Trousseau Noir than what people typically think of for California Zin. 

"Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, chocolate, leather, menthol and licorice all flesh out in the 2017 Zinfandel Esola Vineyard. Dense, pliant and inviting, the wine impresses with its exceptional balance and pure class."- 94 Points Vinous Media