Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2018 Bucklin Bambino Field Blend Old Hill Ranch – Bottle Notes

Bucklin Winery was founded in 2000 by the four Bucklin siblings: Arden, Kate, Ted and Will.  Will Bucklin has been a vintner for over 25 years, working in France, Australia, Sonoma, Mendocino and Oregon. Bucklin produces several Zinfandels, a Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and a White Field Blend.

Old Hill Ranch is a historic jewel.  It was founded by William McPherson Hill in 1851. The vineyard came into the Bucklin family when it was purchased in 1981. Bucklin, Once & Future and Bedrock are the sole producers of wine from the vineyard.

The Bambino field blend is from a portion of Old Hill Ranch planted in 1998. The grapes were planted in a fashion very similar to the ancient vines at Old Hill.

Crimson in color. 14.2% ABV. Savory nose of black fruits, plums, earth and pepper. Full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Rich, concentrated and packed with dark fruits. Black cherry, raspberry liqueur, cocoa and white pepper on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Super wine from the young vines at Old Hill Ranch and undoubtedly a good sign for the Old Vines Field Blend. Best over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 92 points.

Bucklin gets very little press but I would highly suggest visiting their website and ordering a few bottles. At $24 this wine is a bargain. Look for the 2019 vintage.

I previously wrote about Old Hill Ranch in Top 10 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyards. I visited Bucklin recently and wrote about it in A Visit with Will Bucklin at Old Hill Ranch.

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