This wine comes from a small planting of old-vine zinfandel on the Buchignani Ranch on Dutcher Creek Road in the
hills north of Dry Creek Valley. (Carignane planted on the rest of the ranch provides a separate ATP selection.) The
zinfandel block, approximately five acres in size, was planted in the 1940s and '50s on a rocky knoll overlooking the
family home where Stan Buchignani, grandson of the ranch's founder, Domenico Cerruti, lives today.
Harvest Dates: 18 and 28 September
Grapes: Average brix 25.4 degrees
Fermentation: Grapes fermented on the naturally-occurring yeasts. Pressed at seven days. Full malolactic carried out without inoculation.
Barrels: Air-dried american oak barrels (20% new oak, 35% one to two years old, 45% three, f our and five years old).
Aging: Twelve months in barrel
Rainfall: 42 inches (above average)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Cool, late spring; cold summer; two days of damaging heat in late August and a long, mild fall.
Grapes hand harvested, destemmed and crushed.
Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full
malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria.
Minimum effective sulfur added (35ppm at crush,
165ppm over the course of aging). Pad filtered at
bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal
intervention, this is the sum of our actions.