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2013 Rosé of Old Hill Ranch
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Sonoma Valley Rosé
Sonoma Valley Rosé

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This year our Rosé is made from 38% Grenache, 31% Zinfandel, 18% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah and 6% Carignane.

The grapes were harvested early, whole cluster pressed, and then fermented cold with indigenous yeast. The wine is finished dry with no malo-lactic and briefly aged in old French oak barrels.
Alc. 12.4%, 200 cases.

 

 
2012 Bambino Field-Blend
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Sonoma Valley Field Blend
Sonoma Valley Field Blend Wine

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This year our Bambino was made with 81% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah, 4% Alicante Bouchet, 6% Syrah, Grenache and Carignane.

Grapes were harvested early. Fermentations were relatively cool and long with indigenous yeast without any nutrient or water additions. Pressing occurred after 15 days on the skins. The wine was bottled after 20 months aging in neutral French oak barrels.
Alc. 13.5%, 1182 cases.

 

 
2012 Old Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
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Sonoma Valley CaberenetSonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

 
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The six-acre block of Cabernet Sauvignon, a relative newcomer to Old Hill, was planted in 1983. Considered to be with in the “banana belt” of Sonoma Valley, this warm hillside vineyard produces very ripe fruit.

The 2012 Cab has fruit aromas of cherries, currants and plums. There is a modest background of eucalyptus and lavender spice with oak wood and toast aromas. It is a lean-textured wine with ripe flavors of blackberries and raspberries with slight earthy notes and cedar, anise and vanilla oak spice. The big tannins and lean acidity suggest that this wine will benefit greatly from aging.

Alc. 14.6%. 512 cases produced.

 

 
2011 Ancient Field-Blend
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Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Ancient Field-Blend

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Established in 1852 near the town of Glen Ellen in Sonoma Valley, our families' Old Hill Ranch is one of California’s oldest vineyards. This wine is produced from a certified organic, dry-farmed field-blend planted on Old Hill in the 1880’s. The vineyard is a mosaic of over two dozen grape varieties — principally Zinfandel, but also Grenache, Alicante Bouchet, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Syrah, Carignane, and Tempranillo, to name a few. All are blended together in this wine.

The color of our signature Old Hill Zin is dark purple and the aromas are wonderfully complex. Old Hill Zin is known for its herbal complexity and the 2011 is no exception. The spice character tends towards black-pepper and cardamom while the fruit component is very intense and has an impressive array of raspberry, blackberry, and ripe plums. The French oak contributes toast and vanilla aromas while the tannins are big, ripe and smooth on the finish.

Follow the evolution of this wine in your glass as it opens up or decant if you are in a hurry. The wine will reach its peak maturity in 10-12 years. Alc. 14.8%. 366 cases produced.

 

 
2012 Upper Fifth
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Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Upper Fifth Ancient Field-Blend

This Ancient vine field-blend is the remnant of a larger vineyard that was paved over when Hwy 12 was rerouted in the 1950’s. The field-blend consists of five grape varieties - Zin, Petite Sirah, Pelrousin, Carignane and French Colombard. In addition to the grapes, there are fruit and nut trees inter-planted throughout, including almonds, walnuts, apples, persimmons, olives, and figs. Italians call this co-mingling “agricoltura promiscua,” which espouses the philosophy of biodiversity in farming, essentially the opposite of monoculture.

Alc. 14.8%. 73 cases produced.

 

 
2010 Old Hill Ranch Grenache
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Sonoma Valley GrenacheSonoma Grenache

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Our 130 year old Grenache vines are selectively harvested from the ancient field-blend and then co-fermented with a small amount of Alicante Bouchet, Carignane, and Mourvedre, among several other “mixed black” varieties. The blend is 80% Grenache.

Alc. 15.3%. 62 cases produced.

 

 
2009 Old Hill Ranch Petite Sirah
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Sonoma Valley Petite Sirah
 
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For some reason that remains a mystery, this little block of Petite Sirah vines that we planted in 1999, produced little tiny grapes of unusual concentration. The grapes are part of our Bambino but in 2009 we had a fairly large yield and so we decided to keep two barrels separate.



Our 2009 Petite Sirah is very dark purple in color and intense in aromas. The fruit component is jammy with blueberry and plum aromas. The spices tend towards anise and black pepper. The flavors are rich with plums, blueberries, and licorice. The tannins are very big and the wine will benefit from age!
72 cases produced.
 

 
2009 Mixed Blacks Red Wine
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Sonoma Valley Red Wine
Bucklin Mixed Blacks

The term "Mixed Blacks" was coined by old-time grape growers in reference to the non-Zinfandel red grapes in a field-blend, and that is exactly what this wine is. In 2009 the Zinfandel in the Ancient block set poorly and thus we had a much greater proportion of "Mixed Blacks" than we could possibly blend with the Zinfandel. What were we to do with the extra two barrels of Mixed Blacks?

This wine is a bit of an enigma. As you would expect from a wine made from thirty grape varieties, it is complex, but not as much as we might expect. The aromas show ripe cherries with toasted oak and Old Hill lavender spice. The tannins are surprisingly balanced (given the large proportion of Alicante Bouchet) and it is fairly supple and very rich. The wine is really delicious and I expect it will age very well.

Alcohol 15.8%. 40 cases produced.

 
 
 

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