2005 Buchignani Zinfandel

2005 Buchignani Zinfandel

Wine Information

96% Zinfandel, 4% Carignane




Buchignani Ranch


Alexander Valley

Alcohol By Volume


Vintage Notes

Late spring rains and cool weather delayed budbreak, but set was exceptionally good, and the extra moisture helped these old, non-irrigated vines develop a healthy canopy of leaves. Like the carignane planted alongside it, the zinfandel maintained unusually firm acidity even into late August; we postponed picking for a week, and on September 9 a large crew was able to harvest the vineyard in one day. After a natural primary fermentation, the wine was racked directly to barrel, where it completed a long, slow, natural malolactic. Because the zinfandel crop was large and the interplanted carignane vines bore less than is customary, zinfandel completely dominates the blend. A rich, fruit-forward palate carries the ripe tannins beautifully, and a higher than-usual percentage of new and one-year-old american oak adds definition. This intense, balanced vintage will benefit from a year or two in bottle and develop fully over the next six or seven years.


This wine comes from a small planting of old-vine zinfandel on the Buchignani Ranch on Dutcher Creek Road in the hills north of Dry Creek Valley. (Carignane planted on the rest of the ranch provides a separate ATP selection.) The zinfandel block, approximately five acres in size, was planted sixty to seventy years ago. The vines are on a rocky knoll overlooking the family home where Stan Buchignani, grandson of the ranch’s founder, Domenico Cerruti, lives today.

Growing Season

Rainfall: Above average, over sixty inches, with late spring/early summer rains.
Bloom: Early May
Weather: Wet spring; warm, dry summer and fall.


Harvest Date: 9 September
Grapes: Average brix 25.0˚
Fermentation: Grapes fermented on the naturally occurring yeasts. In-tank malolactic also carried out without inoculation.
Aging: Air-dried american oak barrels (5% new, 30% one year old, 20% two and three years old, 45% five years old).
Time in barrel: Twelve months

Consumer Tasting Notes

Average Rating: 88.3

No. of Tasting Notes: 43

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