2011 Mazzoni Home Ranch

2011 Mazzoni Home Ranch

Varietal Information
57% Zinfandel
42% Carignane
1% Petite Sirah

13.8% Alcohol by Volume

43 barrels produced


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, the Mazzoni family produced wine there until 1978. They 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 lively acidity, and petite sirah, which provides spice and depth. The Mazzoni Home Ranch was purchased in 1988 by Niccolo and Flora Oltranti. They have replanted parts of the abandoned hillside, and in some years we will include a small amount from these younger zinfandel vines.


Harvest Date: 19 - 26 September
Grapes: Average Brix 24.0 degrees
Fermentation: Full crush, floating cap, in small three ton fermentors. Pressed at seven days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels: (22% new, 32% two and three years old, and 46% four years old).
Aging: Fourteen and a half months in barrel

Growing Season

Rainfall: 40 inches (above average)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Wet spring followed by an atypically cool summer; with no sustained heat spells.


All Mazzoni Home Ranch grapes, hand harvested; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally-occurring bacteria; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 ppm at crush; 82 ppm over the course of aging); oak from barrel aging; pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Tasting Notes and Reviews


W. Blake Gray, San Francisco Chronicle - 2005/3/10

Philosopher/winemaker Paul Draper runs Ridge Vineyards with...

2002 Ridge Mazzoni Home Ranch ($24) Sweet, rich aroma of candied black plum, blackberry, oak, cherry, strawberry and licorice. Rich flavors of black plum, blackberry, vanilla and licorice. Big-bodied but with enough acidity to go with food. Blend of 66 percent Zinfandel, 32 percent Carignane and 2 percent Petite Sirah.

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Charles E. Olken, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - 2004/1/1


RIDGE Mazzoni Home Ranch Sonoma County 2000 47% Zinfandel; 47% Carignane; 6% Petite Sirah. Hard to tag in terms of specific fruit and pushed along by loads of caramel and buttered rum sweetness, this ripe, oak-drenched red wine veers well wide of Zinfandel fruitiness and crashes into both abrasive tannins and flaring heat at the finish. SCORE: 83

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James Laube, Wine Spectator - 2001/6/15

New Releases, California, Zinfandel

Ridge Zinfandel Sonoma County Mazzoni Home Ranch 1999 $25 Tough love, with a tart, green edge to the cedary oak and heavy tannins. Offers glimpses of tea and berry, but the tannins quickly clamp down. Drink now through 2005. 801 cases made. -J.L.

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Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 2000/6/26

California's 1998 Zinfandels

The dark ruby/purple-colored 1998 Mazzoni Home Ranch (71% Zinfandel, 21% Carignan, and 8% Petite Sirah) exhibits fat, sweet aromas of melted road tar, black currants, cherry jam, and licorice. Full-bodied, deep, and expansive, this low acid, plump, fleshy offering is meant to be drunk now and over the next 5-6 years.

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Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 1999/6/21

California's 1997 Zinfandels

Ridge’s 1997s are among the highlights of this vintage. The opaque ruby/purple 1997 Mazzoni Home Ranch Proprietary Red Wine (60% Zinfandel, 35% Carignan, and 5% Petite Sirah that achieved 13.8% alcohol) offers a beautiful black raspberry-scented nose with notes of licorice and spicy oak. It is a medium to full-bodied, smoothly textured, hedonistic wine that will provide luscious drinking over the next 5-6 years. It is an ATP selection.

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