If you're a reader of Robert Parker, you know about the Old Hill Ranch and the expensive, highly ranked wines that come from there. This wine from Bucklin ordinarily sells for $35 to $40, but Village Corner in Ann Arbor was selling it for $12.99 this past summer following a large Zinfandel tasting. I didn't attend the tasting but, according to reports, this was one of the favorites. It's a field blend from a vineyard planted in 1880, and the old vine character is hard to miss.
Deep and dark, especially compared to the Pinot that preceded it at the table. Wild, brambly aromas and flavors. Concentrated black and red fruits with a black licorice twist. Very powerful wine, refuses to be ignored or taken lightly. Almost too intense and big. I'd like to come back to this wine in 5 to 10 years when it's had time to settle down a bit.