2010 Mazzoni Home Ranch

2010 Mazzoni Home Ranch

Varietal Information
51% Carignane
48% Zinfandel
1% Petite Sirah

14.7% Alcohol by Volume

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, the Mazzonis 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 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 to zinfandel.

Vintage

Harvest Date: 17 - 30 September
Grapes: Average Brix 25.0 degrees
Fermentation: Full crush, floating cap, daily pump-overs. Pressed at five days.
Aging: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (5% new, 95% two years old).
Time in barrel: Sixteen months

Growing Season

Rainfall: 42 inches (above average)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Cool, late spring; cold summer; two days of damaging heat in late August that cut yields in half and was followed by a long, mild fall.

Winemaking

All Mazzoni Home Ranch grapes, hand harvested; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally-occurring bacteria; 3.2% water addition (added to two particularly ripe parcels); 0.33 g/L calcium carbonate (to moderate unusually high natural acidity) minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 ppm at crush; 91 ppm over the course of aging), 9 fresh egg whites per barrel (to soften tannins); oak from barrel aging; pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Deep garnet; pungent stewed plum, chutney, wintergreen, cherry jam; on entry intense sweet tart red cherry, juicy acid, youthful, fresh mint, chalky tannins in a long finish.

Tasting Notes and Reviews


2002 MAZZONI HOME RANCH


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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2000 MAZZONI


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


Zinfandel


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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1999 MAZZONI ZINFANDEL


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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1998 MAZZONI


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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1997 MAZZONI ZINFANDEL


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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