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
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.