Buchignani Ranch (Advance Tasting Program wine)
First RIDGE Buchignani Ranch: 1999
edge of the Alexander Valley appellation, in the hills bordering upper
Dry Creek Valley appellation.
Soils: Benchland: clay
loam with stones and gravel, highly weathered, limited topsoil. Front
of ranch: gray gravelly clay loam.
Training: Head trained (no trellis), spur pruned.
Yields: 2-3 tons/acre
Stan Buchignani's ranch is located on Dutcher Creek Road, in the hills on the
far western edge of the Alexander Valley appellation. The majority of the
vineyard's carignane was planted in the 1940s. Stan's grandfather, Dominico
Cerruti, planted the first block in 1927; his father, Dino, planted the
last in the early 1950s. The vineyard's climate bears a strong resemblance
to that of upper Dry Creek Valley three miles to the south, where days are
warm. Fog, which tends to hang low in the valley, burns off sooner in the
hills. Carignane from Buchignani is complex, its fine structure much like
that of a field-blend zinfandel.