Bedrock

AVA
Sonoma Valley
Decade
1880s
County
Sonoma
Location Notes

Madrone Road

Historical Producers

Bedrock, Ravenswood, Carlisle

Characteristics

Spice, vibrant red fruits, hints of orange peel in
young
wines, vibrancy, bright acidity.

Description

The vineyard site, known as Madrone Ranch, was
originally planted in 1854 by General William
“Tecumseh” Sherman and General “Fightin” Joe
Hooker.
It later passed into the hands of George
Washington
Whitman and then to the former American
Consul to
China Eli T. Shepherd. In the final two years of his
oversight, from 1886-1888 the first vines on
rootstock
were planted at the vineyard, though this was
likely the
hybrid Lenoir which was not totally resistant.
Senator
George Hearst purchased the property in 1888
and
planted most of the vines that exist today, one of
the
first to be planted on rootstock in the state due
to his
connections with the University of California.

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