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.
Harvest Date: 10 - 30 September
Grapes: Average Brix 25.6 degrees
Fermentation: No inoculation. Natural primary and secondary, daily pump-overs. Pressed at six days.
Aging: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (36% one year old, 64% four to five years old).
Time in barrel: Seventeen months
Rainfall: 30 inches (below average)
Bloom: Early-May (normal)
Weather: Dry spring, typical warm, dry summer.
All Mazzoni Home Ranch grapes, hand harvested,
destemmed and crushed. Fermented on the native
yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturallyoccurring
bacteria. 0.8% rehydration (added to two
particularly ripe parcels); minimum effective sulfur (35
ppm at crush; 108 ppm 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
Aromas of cinnamon, clove and plum, rustic and complex. On the palate is ripe cherry and plum fruits,
together with spice and a gravel earthiness. Firm acid and an elegant tannin structure give way to a lengthy
finish with very appealing fruit.