The term "Mixed Blacks" was coined by old-timey grape growers in
reference to the non-Zinfandel grapes in a field blend, and that is
exactly what this wine is: everything but the Zin! Roughly half of this
blend is composed of Grenache and Alicante Bouchet, while the other half
contains the remaining 30 or so varieties that exist in the field
92 cases produced.
2017 Ancient Old Hill Ranch
Our "Ancient Field Blend" comes from the original vines that were
planted on Old Hill Ranch in the 1880's. Approximately 65% Zinfandel
with the remaining varieties co harvested and fermented together.
Includes Grenache, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, Grand Noir, Syrah,
Carignan, and Mourvedre to name a few. 12 Acres, 30 grape varieties,
2017 Bambino Old Hill Ranch
The teenage "Bambino" vines were planted in 2000 and represent our "young vine" Zinfandel. The 2017 blend is at least 75% Zinfandel that is co-fermented with Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouchet.
Fermented with indigenous yeast without any nutrient additions. Aged in neutral French oak for approximately 10 months.
Total SO2 55 ppm
TA 5.8 g/l
2019 Spring Release
2018 Mixed Whites Old Hill Ranch
Our Mixed White block was established on Old Hill Ranch in 2011 as an ode to the unheralded white grape varieties found in many of Sonoma's historic field blends. Muscat, French Colombard, Chasselas, and Clairette Blanc cuttings came from Old Hill Ranch, Gewürztraminer, Trousseau Gris and Riesling came from Compagni-Portis Vineyard, Muscadelle from Casa Santinamaria, Malvasia and Grenache Blanc from Rossi Ranch and Chenin Blanc from Carlisle. Grapes are whole-cluster pressed, fermented cool in Stainless and then aged in neutral barrels sur lees for 6 months. The wine is quite delicate with a hint of muscat spiciness with a bright natural acidity.
2017 Anne’s Field Blend Upper 5th Vineyard
2017 Anne's Field Blend
Our Mom, Anne Teller has been farming commercially in Sonoma Valley since the late 1970’s. Her 50-acre farm includes the Upper 5th Vineyard, a century old, one-acre vineyard that is promiscuously interplanted with nut and fruit trees. Managed with Anne’s conscientious and benevolent farming practices, including no-till dry farming.
The Upper 5th is a field blend of five grape varieties:
67% Zinfandel | 19% Peloursin | 8% Petite Sirah 3% Carignane | 3% French Colombard
2017 Otto’s Grenache Old Hill Ranch
Grenache was planted to honor our Step Father Otto Teller. Opinionated and cantankerous, Otto believed grapevines were too coddled and needed great stress to produce the best wines. To honor Otto we planted this field blend in 2010 on a modestly steep hillside that
faces the hot setting sun. The soils are
shallow, between two to three feet deep, and they are underlain with a thick
impermeable volcanic tuff made from ejected rock and ash that is compacted and
cemented into rock. If these growing conditions aren't
challenging enough, the vines are also dry farmed. Average yields are low primarily because the
berries are so small and these grapes produce very intense and colorful
Total SO2 65 ppm
TA 5.7 g/l
2017 Ancient Grenache Old Hill Ranch
This Grenache is selectively and exclusively harvested from the ancient vines, and is thus some of the oldest vine Grenache in the state. The blend consists of approximately 85% Grenache, with the remaining grapes a blend of Syrah, Carignane, Mourvedre, and Alicante Bouschet.
Older Vintages Available
2016 Petite Sirah Old Hill Ranch
For some reason that remains a mystery, this little block of Petite Sirah that we planted in 1999 produces little tiny grapes of unusual concentration. The wine is blended with 25% Zin to soften the edges, but it remains dark and intense, with black pepper and Old Hill spice. The wines from this block have been proven to be very long lived.
Alc. 14.2%. 52 cases produced.