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: 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
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.
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.