2010 Buchignani Zinfandel

2010 Buchignani Zinfandel

Varietal Information
80% zinfandel
20% carignane

14.6% alcohol by volume


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

Growing Season

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.

Tasting Notes and Reviews


Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 2006/6/30


This venerable producer, with as fine a track record as any winery in the world, continues to turn out high quality Zinfandels... RIDGE 2004 ZINFANDEL BUCHIGNANI VINEYARD --- SCORE: 91 A blend of 82% Zinfandel and 18% Carignane, the similarly priced, full-bodied, inky ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Zinfandel Buchignani reveals superb raw materials along with abundant quantities of raspberry, blueberry, black cherry, and loamy soil notes as well as subtle oak in the background. Nicely layered with good acidity, and an opulent, powerful finish, and a low 14.4% alcohol, it can be enjoyed now and over the next 4-6 years.

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Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 2005/2/28

Ridge Vineyards

Ridge has been a reference point winery for so many years you would think they are hundreds of years old. The fact is, their history began in 1886, when an Italian doctor purchased over 180 acres on the top of Monte Bello Ridge. Prohibition put an end to that period of history, but in 1959, some of the original vineyard was purchased by the founders of the modem day Ridge winery. Their first commercial vintage was 1962, and the current winemaker, Paul Draper, arrived in 1968. The 2002 marks 40 vintages of the Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine, making it, by California terms, an ancient cuvée. With respect to Ridge’s Zinfandel program, Paul Draper, who deserves much of the credit for making Zinfandel famous, continues to turn out a bevy of delicious Zinfandels in addition to numerous multi-varietal blends. 2002 ZINFANDEL BUCHIGNANI (ATP) -- DRY CREEK The 2002 Zinfandel Buchignani (ATP) (meaning Advance Tasting Program) is a blend of 95% Zinfandel and 5% Petite Sirah. A more monolithic offering, it reveals notes of damp earth, fresh mushrooms, pepper, lavender, licorice, cherries, and blackberries. It is somewhat foursquare, without the nuances exhibited by its siblings. ($24.00) Score: 87

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Richard Nalley, Food & Wine - 2004/3/1

2001 Zinfandel Buchignani Ranch

($24) This classic Sonoma blend of old-vine Zinfandel, Carignane and Petite Sirah is sold exclusively by the winery. Though burly and fairly high in alcohol (14 percent plus), it's incredibly silky and luscious.

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James Laube, Wine Spectator - 2001/12/31

New Releases, California Zins and Blends

Ridge Zinfandel Sonoma County Buchignani Ranch 1999 $24 A very ripe, jammy style that veers into earthy territory, with mineral, cedar and tar notes competing with boysenberry and blackberry flavors that show a slightly tart side. Drink now through 2008. 787 cases made. J.L.

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