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Planted in 1880, these vines(a field blend, of Zinfandel, Grenache, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Syrah, & more than 20 other varieties) are dry-farmed, as they were in their youth.
The fermentations are relatively cool and long, with pressing occurring after three weeks on the skins. Aged in 60 gal French oak barrels (40% new) for 22 months, they use minimal sulfites and the wine is not filtered or fined. Complex fruit flavors dominate with aromas of black pepper and vanilla.
Established in 1865, this vineyard is now Old Hill Ranch winery, which was founded in 2000 by the four Bucklin siblings: Arden, Kate, Ted and Will. Will Bucklin has been a vintner for over 20 years, working in France, Australia, Sonoma, Mendocino and Oregon. Certified organic, the 24-acre vineyard is a dry-farmed Zinfandel field blend. Average yields of Old Hill rarely exceed one and a quarter tons per acre.
Mid-Northern Sonoma's proximity to the coast, as well as the dense fogs that creep down hillsides, is the key to the region's favorable viticultural tendencies. Long a source for excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the area in and surrounding the Russian River Valley benefit with long, ideal growing seasons, allowing the perfect balance in ripening the fruit.