Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel, 2006

Old Hill has some of the oldest vines in North America, and, despite the Zinfandel name, this wine is a field blend that includes Grenache, Alicante Bouche, Mourvedre, Syrah, Carignane and some grapes that are yet to be identified. My kind of wine.

Inky black. There is plenty of oak here, and the oak traits come out in the smells and flavors as well. It's not forbidding nor overdone, though. Pretty floral and berry scents. It has opened up quite a bit since I first tried it last November. Same openness on the palate. Drinking well right now. Beautiful ripe berry Zin. Lots of depth and strength. The alcohol is very high--15.3%--but the fruit is prominent enough to handle it.

Old Hill vineyard carries some prestige, but I got this wine at a bargain price as well, presumably because of the mistaken perception that Zinfandel, especially high alcohol Zin, does not age well.

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