Monday, June 15, 2009

Review of Puccioni Old Vine Zinfandel

Puccioni Vineyards - 2006 Old Vine Zinfandel

Here is a recent review by Gabe and Dry Dry - very good guys!!

The Facts:

Glenn Proctor who runs Puccioni Vineyards along with his wife is the fourth generation to grow grapes on the property. Before starting Puccioni Vineyards to showcase the fruit from his family vineyards, Glenn worked for wineries such as Glen Ellen, Benzinger, BV & Sterling, involving himself in many aspects of the grape growing and wine-making business

The 2006 Puccioni Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel is sourced from two vineyards. One site is the Puccioni Vineyard which features 100 year old vines planted by Winemaker Glenn Proctor’s Great Grandfather, over 100 years ago. The other site is the Buchignani Vineyard planted about 50 years ago by their cousins. 260 cases of the 2006 Zinfandel were produced. The suggested retail price is $28.

Gabe’s Take:

The nose of this 2006 Old Vine Zinfandel is loaded with a quartet of aromatics. Cedar, cloves, allspice and vibrant berry jam notes explode from the glass upon pouring. Throughout the palate blackberry pie characteristics are prominent and mouth-filling, joined by earth, bramble and black cherry reference points. Dusty Baker’s chocolate and an absolute avalanche of black pepper emerge on a long, layered and slightly lusty finish that beckons you back to the glass for another sip. Good acidity and firm but yielding tannins frame this well structured Zinfandel.

Several things stood out to me about the Puccioni Old Vine Zinfandel. It’s accessible from the word go; but decanting and giving it some air really allows its charms to blossom and flavors to explode on your palate. Secondly, certain things on a wine label hold special meaning. For me, when I read Old Vine Zinfandel and Dry Creek Valley on the same label I tend to get excited. Having never had any wine from Puccioni Vineyards, before now, I was curious if it would live up to my label expectations. I’m happy to report that this wine is a textbook example of Old Vine Dry Creek Zin. Sometimes people will ask what Old Vine means, I wish I had a bottle of Puccioni to pour for each of them; it would be a lesson in a glass. Finally, while this wine is drinking quite well right now, I wouldn’t be shy about laying it down for 5 years; it has the structure to age.

Monday, February 23, 2009

New Release Special
Thank you for your past support and interest in our handcrafted limited production wines. As Mules, you are the first ones to hear that our 2006 wines will be available February 2009. We know you’ll love what we produced in 2006 – we think this was a great vintage for Puccioni Vineyards!

Our Economic Stimulus Plan:
As always, we want to give our loyal Mules the first opportunity to order our new release wine. Place your order by April 15, 2009, and get a 25% discount on Zin, 20% discount on Petite Sirah, and if you order 2 or more cases get free shipping! What could be better than having some delicious Puccioni wine ready to uncork and enjoy after you send off your tax forms?


2006 Old Vine Zinfandel
The grapes for this wine were sourced from 100-year-old vines at the Puccioni Ranch that were planted by our great-grandfather, and 50-year-old vines planted and farmed by our cousins (not sure if they will admit it?) at the Buchignani Vineyard on Dry Creek Road. The wine has lovely aromas of ripe blackberries with hints of violet and cedar, and dark cherry/chocolate flavors balanced with that characteristic Puccioni spice in the finish. This wine is ready to be enjoyed today, but can be aged for a few years too.
260 cases Produced Regular Price $28 ($336/case)

2006 Petite Sirah
We are excited to be offering a VERY limited bottling of a vineyard-designated Petite Sirah for the very first time! The grapes came from Lambert Bridge Vineyard (Van Alyea) in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley – just after Lambert Bridge. The wine has deep, dark berry aromas, blueberry and chocolate flavors through the mid palate, finishing with black pepper spice. You can age this wine, but don’t be afraid to drink this Petite Sirah now – why wait?!
50 cases Produced Regular Price $30 ($360/case)


We really like the 2007 wines that will be bottled in a few months, and the 2008 wines are showing some great intensity at a very young age. The Old Vine Zin and Petite Sirah will continue to be our focus with these vintages.
As always we would love to hear from you – what you like, where and with whom you are drinking our wines, and those “I’ll bet you never heard this story before” stories. We are making the wines for you to enjoy and share with your friends and family – because nothing is more special than Friends, Family, and some nice Zin!

Please Note: Habu and Muddy’s pictures are in the new Wine Dogs USA 2 book. Check it out at your local bookstore!

Mule History:
Our family used a Mule and a plow until 1968. My grandfather had four mules through the early and mid 1900s – his favorites were Jack and Prince. Prince, our last mule, always came home at 6pm, whether my grandfather was done in the field or not. You could say we’re as stubborn as Prince when it comes to "doing things the right way”!

Our Story:
Puccioni Vineyards produces hand-crafted Zinfandel wine from our vineyard in the hills of Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley, where we have a long family heritage in the wine business. In 1904, our great-grandfather Angelo bought the property and planted Zinfandel grapes that have been growing there ever since. Our family ran a winery on the property from 1918 to 1935. Puccioni Old Vine Zinfandel is made using those 100-year-old vines and the knowledge passed down from our family’s generations of winegrowers and winemakers.

Glenn, Laurie, Joshua & Noah Proctor (Habu & Muddy too…)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Update from ZAP - Great Reviews for 2006

We poured at ZAP two weeks ago - it was a great event as always. My Uncle Angelo Puccioni, and my cousin Allison and her husband Tim helped me pour. We poured the 2005 and 2006 Old Vine Zinfandel - We got a great response on the 2006 - with at least two writers/retailers ranking it in the top five of the entire tasting!!!!!!!!!!! We were extremely happy with that. Also we got a nice write up in the Connoisseurs' Guide - They gave us one puff and an 87 - using the descriptors - gutsy, deep fruit, sweet oak, ripe, extracted - and said it would go well with hearty barbecued meats on the bone.

I will add some pictures with the next post - need to get those from my uncle.

Also you have to love the rain - keep it coming we need it.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Crush Has Begun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It has been awhile - sorry we have not posted more blogs. My sister called me earlier today and told me my blog is getting dusty!! Now I am in trouble. That must be what happens when you have two kids under three.

Harvest is upon us - we picked some Buchignani Old Vine Zin yesterday. It looks great - we will do a cold soak for three days and then start the fermentation in small open top fermenters. The crop was 50% of what it was last year - the early frost we had and the dry weather have produced a lighter crop throughout Dry Creek.

Things have been getting ripe very quickly - we have had some very warm days and they have caused our Zin to reach maturity much earlier than last year.

We will be picking the fruit off the Old Vines at the Puccioni Ranch at the end of this week and the Lambert Bridge Petite Sirah we buy should come off next week.

We are extremely happy with the quality so far - now it is just managing the fermentations.

We still have a few cases of the 2005 Old Vine Zin left - let us know if you are interested. We will be releasing the 2006 in a few months.

I will work on being more active with my writing.

Be a Mule - Stubborn about Puccioni Wine!!!!!

Thanks Glenn

Friday, November 23, 2007

2005 Puccioni Old Vine Zinfandel Release

We are officially releasing our 2005 Puccioni Old Vine Zinfandel on Dec 15th - but we have made it available to some of the people that have been so supportive of our little brand - and if you order a case by Jan 1st there is a savings available. Just clink on the link below if you want to take a look at our order form.


We had a very nice Thanksgiving with Family and Friends yesterday and did a 2004 and 2005 tasting - they seemed to both do fine - but there was a preference with the 2005.

Not sure how many of you hunt for wild mushrooms out there - let me know if you do - but it has been great to far this year. With the early rain and the warm fall weather - the bolete's have been plentiful. If you go, make sure you take somebody that knows what they are doing - it can be dangerous if you pick the wrong one.

We hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving.


Friday, November 16, 2007


It has been awhile since I updated our blog - two kids under two years old does seem to sap away any and all of your free time. Above is our oldest son Joshua - he may be ready to hook the mule up to this plow sooner than we thought.
We have had a busy year - but it has been a very good year. We crushed almost 9 tons this year of Old Vine Zinfandel and Petite Sirah and barreled our wines down about a month ago. They are going through ML fermentation as we speak. The quality of the wine has been excellent - the year started out with a bang - we had a fairly warm heat spike in late Aug that got our fruit almost ripe and then it cooled down for a few weeks. We let our fruit hang through the cool period hoping to take advantage of extra flavor development the added hangtime can give - we were glad we did this and think it had very nice benefit.
Now we are just getting the vyd ready for winter - it is important to get the grass growing and open all our drains - we want to be prepared for that first downpour - we are ready.
We are releasing our 2005 Old Vine Zinfandel on Dec 15th - we think this is our best wine yet.
We will be a little more active in keeping our blog up to date.
Wish everyone the happiest of turkey days.


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Spring Already!! Here comes the Sun

Our 1946 Willys Jeep - Bringing back to life!

WOW!! Time does fly when you are having fun.

It has been too long since we had a chance to write a post. But things are moving right along. This winter was a moderate with rain levels 50% of average in the Dry Creek Valley. Hopefully that will not be a problem - especially for us because we are virtually dry farmed. We finished pruning on the old vines and doing some replanting of misses on the young vines. We are just seeing bud break in the vineyard now ( that is when the bud begins to open) which is about normal. We have begun to mow our covercrops that we let grow over the winter - we use these to prevent erosion and add organic matter back into the soil - it makes a better vine.

We are almost sold out of our 2004 Puccioni Old Vine Zin - we have had great response from our individual orders and have also placed our wine in some very nice accounts. We are getting ready to bottle our 2005 Old Vine Zin next month - we are very excited about this wine it is tasting very nice. Regarding our 2006 wines - we finished malo-lactic on them and have topped and racked them. Besides our Old Vine Zin in 2006 we will be doing a limited release Petite Sirah which we are very excited about. We know you will enjoy that.

Other Ramblings:
We have a Willys Jeep on the property that was driven by our grandfather everywhere he went and when visitors came to the vineyard he would use it to tour all his guests. It has been sitting idle for a few years - but we have decided to put some resources in it and bring it back to life. So I am reading all the articles I can find about refurbishing and rebuilding our Jeep. Above is a picture of it - you can see we have a little work to do.


Enjoy Puccioni Zin