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: 8 September
Grapes: Average brix 24.5 degrees
Fermentation: No inoculation. Natural primary and secondary (malolatic), daily pump-overs; pressed at eight days.
Barrels: 46 air-dried american oak barrels (15% new, 30% one and two years old, 35% three years old, 20% four and five years old).
Aging: Twelve months in barrel
Rainfall: 34 inches (below average)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Dry winter saved by spring rains with a warm, dry summer and 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.
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Nose of blackberry and cherry wrapped in well incorporated toasty oak. On the palate a complex blend of
raspberry, plum and kiwi with overtones of spicy licorice. Finishes with a hint of cocoa and a smooth seamless texture.