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West Side Wine USD 38.99 750ml

Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel Ancient Field Blend 2010

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This smells great filled with precise aromas of black pepper, blue floral notes, high toned spicy accents and rich huckleberry blackberry and wood spice notes. Smooth and polished on entry, then turning dense and chewy and a bit folded in on itself. This is one deep, weird wine, not Zinfandel in many ways but hitting more of my Languedoc buttons, are more like Syrah, all earthy, deep, a little beefy and spicy and rich but not fruity rich. The long finish is more true to type, more briary fruit and finely ripe blackberry fruit driven with a bit of tangy boysenberry on the lightly medicinal and aromatic finish that shows hints of violets and cinnamon. This is so complete and so complex, tannic and chewy but fruit is so bold that one hardly notices. Definitely has great potential to improve but already is just a stunning field blend. 95pts

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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 Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel Ancient Field Blend

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,770
4.50 5
10/31/2013

This smells great filled with precise aromas of black pepper, blue floral notes, high toned spicy accents and rich huckleberry blackberry and wood spice notes. Smooth and polished on entry, then turning dense and chewy and a bit folded in on itself. This is one deep, weird wine, not Zinfandel in many ways but hitting more of my Languedoc buttons, are more like Syrah, all earthy, deep, a little beefy and spicy and rich but not fruity rich. The long finish is more true to type, more briary fruit and finely ripe blackberry fruit driven with a bit of tangy boysenberry on the lightly medicinal and aromatic finish that shows hints of violets and cinnamon. This is so complete and so complex, tannic and chewy but fruit is so bold that one hardly notices. Definitely has great potential to improve but already is just a stunning field blend. 95pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,770
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 10/31/2013

This has another gear, with a nose filled with briar wood, grilled beef, violet pastille, earth, wild flowers, and some white pepper spice all layered over rich earthy berry fruit. Seamless, powerful, deep and chewy on the palate, this gives a fine old viney palate impression filled with mineral infused blackberry flavors, notes of aromatic pipe tobacco, leather, wood spice, blackberry and a touch of RC cola as well. Just packed with masses of fruit and layers of complexity,with an attractive edge of rusticity. There’s a little heat here and it’s easy to knock the wine for it, but there’s simply too much else going on for that to matter much. 94pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,770
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 03/18/2013

Herbs and soil top light strawberry fruits on the nose. This offers up a lovely mouthfeel, smooth, with super fine-grained tannins supporting juicy flavors of cut plums and blackberry. The tannins build in the mouth and on to the moderately long finish, which shows gorgeous inner mouth perfumes. This needs some time, but is a really zesty wine with lovely depth of fruit. 93 points


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,770
4.50 5
Vintage: 2000 10/31/2013

Still decidedly fruity on the nose in briary, way and perhaps a little woody but still fresh with creamy black cherry fruit, forest floor, licorice, and mineral aromas. Also still a bit tannic in the mouth and nicely bright, with clear black cherry fruit, rich and a little rustic showing some old wood notes and with some alcohol showing but the spiced cherry flavors on the backend and through the finish remain attractive. Shows some weight on the moderately long finish. 91pts


Member Reviews for Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel Ancient Field Blend

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,770
4.80 5
10/31/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: torbjorn222
1400802135
0.00 5
02/05/2014

95


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,770
4.70 5
Vintage: 2009 10/31/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: ayacoco
4179496
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 03/06/2009

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: panagis
19523224
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 06/12/2009

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,770
4.60 5
Vintage: 2000 10/31/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel Ancient Field Blend

External Review
Vintage: 2005 04/09/2008

As expected, the old vines give this Zinfandel a dark and brooding nose: brambly, tarry, and very spicy. The ripeness here creates an opulent entry, with lots of depth on the mid-palate and a delightful, creamy old-vine intensity. Overall, quite dark and dense.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 07/11/2007

As might be expected, the old vines give this Zinfandel a dark and brooding nose: brambly, tarry, and very spicy. The ripeness here creates an opulent entry, with lots of depth on the mid-palate and a delightful, creamy old-vine intensity. Overall, quite dark and dense, with beautiful integration and a long, spicy and earthy finish.



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