This is our second vintage from the Buckeye Ranch Vineyard and we couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out. This field blend is composed of Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Zinfandel. The 2016 vintage differs from the 2015 in that the Petite Sirah component is larger, the wine was racked every 3 to 4 months, and we introduced a new Kadar Petrea, Hungarian oak barrel into the mix. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered after 20 months of aging.
Notes of red and blue fruit mingle with flower petals and baking spices. A powerful yet supple entry with an elegant structure and ripe fruit on the pallet. Juicy and rich through the finish with lingering fruit flavors. If this wine was a person it would be a really sexy lumberjack wearing an adorable baby in a baby bjorn.
Interestingly enough this vintage has less oak influence on the nose than the previous vintage, even though the 2015 was aged in only neutral oak barrels.
Appellation: Lamorinda AVA, Contra Costa, California
Type: Red Field Blend
% Alcohol: 15.5%
Production: 3 barrels
Retail Price: N/A
Our first wine comes from a vineyard planted on the site of the historic Buckeye Ranch located within the Lamorinda AVA on the Southern edges of Briones Regional Park just 15 minutes East of Berkeley, CA. The wine is a field blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel.
Drinking this wine is like pulling on a silk kimono after a warm bubble bath in a fancy hotel. It's rich, smooth and mouth watering with notes of dried flowers, black fruit, and sweet oak.
This wine was made utilizing an old winemaking method in which all three varieties are harvested, fermented, and aged together. This method creates a smoother, more integrated wine than if they were blended after aging. The Syrah gives a deep, velvety, rich fruit backbone to the wine while the Petite Sirah lends the tannic structure on which the rest of the wine is built. The Zinfandel, which is notorious for having wide variation in ripeness, even within a single cluster, helps bring out the juicy, mouthwatering components that makes this wine so easy to keep pouring.
All three varietals were harvested on the same day and fermented in open top oak and stainless steel tanks where they were gently punched down twice a day for 14 days. We pressed the wine off it's skins using an Italian, hand cranked, wooden, basket press. The wine was aged sur lees in once-used Hungarian and French oak barrels for 18 months without being racked. Before bottling we blended in a portion of our 2016 vintage for the extra layer of complexity it added.
Vintage: Non-Vintage (blend of 2015 and 2016)
Type: Red Wine
% Alcohol: 15.0%
Production: 2 barrels
Retail Price: $29.00
"Non-vintage" is often used when a wine is a blend of more than one vintage. Since our blend is made up of both 2015 and 2016 vintages we felt that it would be the most honest to designate it as a non-vintage.