Mazzoni Home Ranch (Advance Tasting Program wine)

Mazzoni Home Ranch

Vineyard

First RIDGE Mazzoni Home Ranch: 1996
Location: West side of Alexander Valley, on the northern edge of Geyserville.
Soils: Gravelly clay loam
Age of vines: Young vines: all zinfandel, planted 1990s, 2 acres. Old vines: mixed zinfandel, petite sirah, carignane, planted c. 1900, eight acres.
Training: Head trained (no trellis), spur pruned.
Yields: 1.5-3 tons/acre

History

Giuseppe Mazzoni and his fourteen-year-old brother-in-law, Abramo Trusendi, arrived from Italy in 1898 and went straight to work at the Italian Swiss Colony vineyard cooperative in Asti, California. In 1899, the two managed to acquire hillside acreage nearby overlooking Alexander Valley from the west. By 1910 they had built a winery and begun making wine. Except for the Prohibition years, they produced wine there until 1978. The Mazzonis were great believers in the contribution each varietal in a field blend could make to the finished wine. Accordingly, their century-old zinfandel is interplanted with carignane, which adds elegance, and petite sirah, which provides spice and depth. The Mazzoni Home Ranch was purchased in 1988 by Niccolo and Flora Oltranti who, with their son Paul, continue the tradition of quality viticulture.

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