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 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. 14.6% ABV. Reticent nose of red and black fruits, baking spices and earth. Medium body with ample acidity. Young and grapey. Black cherry, plums, earth and pepper on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Such a contrast from the exquisite old vine Zin from the very same vineyard. Delicious now but will these grapes ever be the equal of the ancient vines? Give this wine another year or two in the cellar.
My rating: 91 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 and will have a place in my cellar.