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Our Wines

Bucklin produces wines from our family vineyard; Old Hill Ranch.  The vineyard is 24 acres, broken up into seven different blocks from which we make 9 different wines. 

Ancient Block

Ancient Block (very old vines)

Established: 1885
Acres: 12
Irrigation: None
Root Stock: Saint George
Soil Type: Tuscan red clay loam
Farming: See

Blend: There are at least 30 grape varieties planted promiscuously throughout the 12 acres. Zinfandel makes up the greatest portion (≈60%) with Grenache (≈15%) second. The teinturiers, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, and to a much lesser extent, Lenoir and Petite Bouschet make up about 10% of the vineyard. And, there is a significant amount of Carignane, Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Petite Sirah too. Using DNA we have documented three very rare varieties that otherwise only exist in the French Alps; Mollard, Persan, and Etraire de la Dui. There are a small, but important amount of white grapes; Chardonnay, French Colombard, Chasselas, Muscat of Alexandria and Clairette Blanche. To a lesser extent we find Aramon, Catawba, Peloursin, Charbono, Black Muscat and Tannat throughout. Also rumored, but not confirmed, there may be Merlot, Tempranillo, and Trousseau. Finally, there is a significant amount of the “unknown spotted grape” named for the fact that it has no DNA marker and the grapes have spots.

The following wines are produced from the Ancient Block:

Bottle of Bambino Blocks

Bambino Blocks The younger vines, separated into 4 small blocks that are all contiguous to the ancient block.

Established: 1999
Acres: 8
Irrigation: 1/3 is dry-farmed. Depending on the vintage, the remaining blocks are irrigated 2 – 4 times per year at 5 gallons per plant per irrigation. Approximately 7 gallons of irrigation per bottle of wine.
Root Stock: Saint George
Soil Type: Varies from well drained shallow red loam to boot sucking clay.
Farming: See
Blend: 70% Zinfandel 18% Petite Sirah 7% Alicante Bouschet and 5% Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and Carignane.

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