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Bucklin Grenache Sonoma Valley Old Hill Ranch 2010

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

From the website: “130 year old Grenache vines are selectively harvested from the ancient field-blend and then co-fermented with a small amount of Alicante Bouchet, Carignane, and Mourvedre, among several other “mixed black” varieties. The blend is 80% Grenache.“ Huge nose, briary, fennel, pollen, steel, jammy and spicy blackberry and wild strawberry all over nutty base notes. Perhaps a little thick in the mouth but actually fairly energetic considering how rich and deep the fruit, is. Filled with muscular, root beer tinged black cherry fruit supported by supple tannins and integrated acids, this is long and powerful with liquory fruit that gains nuanced dried herb and slight medicinal accents on the long finish. This needs grilled wild boar. 93pts

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Color: Red
Varietal: Grenache
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Bucklin:
Old Hill Ranch is an historic jewel. It was founded by William McPherson Hill in 1851. Our mother and stepfather, Anne and Otto Teller, purchased the vineyard in 1981 and sold grapes to Joel Peterson at Ravenswood Winery for their top tier vineyard designate Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel. Bucklin and Ravenswood are the sole producers of wine from the vineyard. We are a small producer and our annu... Read more
Old Hill Ranch is an historic jewel. It was founded by William McPherson Hill in 1851. Our mother and stepfather, Anne and Otto Teller, purchased the vineyard in 1981 and sold grapes to Joel Peterson at Ravenswood Winery for their top tier vineyard designate Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel. Bucklin and Ravenswood are the sole producers of wine from the vineyard. We are a small producer and our annual production is about 2000 cases. We do not have a tasting room but we love to show off our vineyard and wines when time allows. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Bucklin Grenache Sonoma Valley Old Hill Ranch

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,390
4.50 5
10/31/2013

From the website: “130 year old Grenache vines are selectively harvested from the ancient field-blend and then co-fermented with a small amount of Alicante Bouchet, Carignane, and Mourvedre, among several other “mixed black” varieties. The blend is 80% Grenache.“ Huge nose, briary, fennel, pollen, steel, jammy and spicy blackberry and wild strawberry all over nutty base notes. Perhaps a little thick in the mouth but actually fairly energetic considering how rich and deep the fruit, is. Filled with muscular, root beer tinged black cherry fruit supported by supple tannins and integrated acids, this is long and powerful with liquory fruit that gains nuanced dried herb and slight medicinal accents on the long finish. This needs grilled wild boar. 93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,390
0.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/03/2012

Dark and spicy on the nose with a little peachy edge to the deep, black licorice, cracked pepper, leather and bitter chocolate aromas. This shows some alcohol on the nose and a decidedly black profile. Rich and round on entry, this shows lovely, elegant tannins and juicy acidity supporting fairly bright and slightly exotic black berry fruit. There’s a hint of pomegranate here along with some gentle spice notes, but not a ton of complexity. The balance is deep and really fine, and this finishes with mouth dusting tannins adding a savory note to that exotic fruit. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,390
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 10/31/2013

Very pretty nose is a bit low key but floral and meaty, lighter than the 2010. This is mineral, fresh and clear on the palate with an early little root beer, note followed by a little wild cherry, some clay earth tones, a bit of pencil lead. Fairly tannic both fruit tannins and wood tannin with a lively long sneaky red raspberry finish, there’s a nice core of sweet fruit here, though this is far more restrained than the 2010. 90pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,390
4.70 5
10/31/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,390
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 10/31/2013

Four and a half glasses



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