New ATP Releases on the Horizon

Are you familiar with our ATP membership program?  It was the very first winery “wine club” in California, beginning back in 1977.  Over these 37 years, ATP members have received exclusive access to extremely limited wines from distinctive vineyards throughout northern California.  The list of wines we have made for the ATP program is extremely lengthy.  Many of them are contained within this label slideshow we put together as part of our 50 Years of Zinfandel celebration.

In addition to old-vine, field-blend zinfandels, the ATP program features several small production Rhone varietal wines including our Syrah, Syrah/Grenache, and Carignane.  In recent years, these wines have been in such high demand that they have not been made available outside of membership.

Our newest ATP releases feature three long-time favorites; the 2010 Mazzoni Home Ranch, the 2011 York Creek Zinfandel, and the 2012 Dusi Ranch Zinfandel.

If you are already a member, these wines will be shipping, weather permitting, the week of October 20th, and will be available for will call member pickup at our wineries beginning October 3rd.  If you are not a member, join by Sunday, October 12th to ensure you receive these wines.

atp_fall_2014-small2Giuseppe Mazzoni and his fourteen-year-old brother-in-law, Abramo Trusendi, arrived from Italy in 1898 and went straight to work at the Italian Swiss Colony vineyard cooperative in Asti, California. In 1899, the two managed to acquire hillside acreage nearby overlooking Alexander Valley from the west. By 1910 they had built a winery and begun making wine. Except for the Prohibition years, the Mazzoni family producImg40217ed wine there until 1978. Their century-old zinfandel is interplanted with carignane, which adds elegance and lively acidity, and petite sirah, which provides spice and depth. The Mazzoni Home Ranch was purchased in 1988 by Niccolo and Flora Oltranti. They have replanted parts of the abandoned hillside, and in some years we will include a small amount from these young zinfandel vines.  The 2010 Mazzoni is deep garnet, with pungent plum, chutney, wintergreen, and cherry jam aromas.  There is sweet tart red cherry on entry with fresh mint, juicy acidity, and chalky tannins in a long finish.

The zinfandel on this Paso Robles ranch was planted in 1923. It was purchased soon after by SImg40223ylvester and Catarina Dusi, who raised three sons there—Guido, Dante, and Benito. When Guido and Dante went to war in 1944, vineyard cultivation was left to Sylvester and young Benito—eleven years old at the time. Beni, as his many friends call him, maintained the vines from then on. Ridge’s long relationship with Beni and the Dusi vineyard began when Dave Bennion — scouting the area in 1967 — knocked on the Dusis’ door and asked to buy five tons of grapes.  The 2012 Dusi Ranch is medium garnet in color with penetrating aromas of bramble fruit, compote, dried fig, toasted oak, and gravelly earth.  On entry the wine is medium bodied, with flavors of sun-dried cherries, sour plum, warm baking spices, lively acidity, and a long, warm aftertaste.

Img40234The York Creek vineyard is located on Spring Mountain, north of St. Helena, on the western edge of Napa Valley. Our only Napa Valley vineyard site, it is perched at an elevation of 1250 –1800 feet above sea level amidst lush natural forest land. This is an area that has long been famous for its dark and intensely flavorful wines. Indeed, York Creek produces fruit with a purity of character that is at once distinctive and indicative of its mountainous pedigree.  The 2011 York Creek is showing briary red fruit, chaparral and pepper on the nose. The palate displays black cherry, mineral notes, a firm structure and refreshing acidity on finish.

To learn about joining our ATP program, or any of our other membership options, please visit this page.



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