Bucklin Cabernet

by Estelle

Old Hill Ranch in Sonoma County, California is among some of the oldest still producing vineyards in the world. In 1982 a small block of Cabernet was planted on the estate and has been dry farmed organically ever since. The vines are grown on a terraced hillside comprised of volcanic soil and basalt which allows for the best possible expression in spite of an ongoing phylloxera infestation, making this vintage among the last before the vines die. Much like the folklore about the swan’s final song being their most beautiful, so are these final vintages from this block of Cabernet. Bucklin's winemaking style skews more Old World than New and delivers a classic cabernet that encapsulates both Bordeaux and California's respective styles.