A few things have changed in the last five years since we sold the 2012 and 2013 Precedent Evangelho Zinfandel. Morgan Twain-Peterson of Bedrock has purchased the famous heritage vineyard back in 2016 from Frank Evangelho (who passed away in 2018). Bedrock has produced an excellent Evangelho Vineyard Zinfandel since 2011. With Twain-Peterson’s influence (it must still be mentioned, his iconic father is Joel Peterson of Ravenswood fame) organic farming and vineyard practices have been refined. What hasn’t changed is the 130+ year old vineyard is still managed by longtime foreman Manuel Carranza. And that Precedent’s owner-winemaker Nathan Kandler (assistant winemaker at Fogarty) still manages to purchase a few tons of field blend fruit from the new ownership.
Let’s remember, these old bush vine are “dry farmed” (no irrigation) on their original roots in a wind whipped “sand dune” along the San Joaquin River in eastern Contra Costa county. The fruit is hand harvested at the same time, de-stemmed, and then co-fermented with the vineyard’s indigenous yeast. In addition to the Zinfandel, the blend includes small amounts of Carignane, Mourvedre, Alicante Bouchet, and a smattering of white varietals identified as Palomino, Chasselas, and Muscat. Complexity is assured by the very nature of this diverse “field blend”. The “cool” delta influence slows the ripening process which preserves fresh acidity. After a stainless steel fermentation, and numerous punchdowns, the wine is racked to age in used French oak to allow Evangelho’s true terroir expression. About a 125 cases are produced.
The 2017 Precedent displays the “tangy” reverberating freshness that I referenced in the 2013 version which assures aging potential. Also in play is the most delightful, and complex black raspberry briar patch aromas and palate flavors. Packing more alcohol at 14.8% than the 2013’s 13.9%, the 2017 is still DRY, and not over ripe or sweet. It will be the perfect accompaniment for your pork ribs or brisket and homemade BBQ sauce. Last night it was spicy grilled chicken and carnitas fajitas!
The price is still a very reasonable $29.95 a bottle. Maybe you still have some of the 2012/13 remaining? What fun to make a comparison. 6+/$26.95