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One of the oldest remaining vineyards in the Olivet Road region of the Russian River Valley, Saitone was planted in 1895 by Antonio Saitone and is now farmed by Ulises Valdez. Located just under a mile from the DeLoach estate, the head-pruned vines are farmed without trellising or irrigation and produce tiny, concentrated berries that can take until the end of October to fully ripen.
Of the nearly 17 acres of old vines planted, Zinfandel, Carignane, and Alicante Bouschet are the most abundant while French Colombard, Petit Bouschet, and Grand Noir can be found sprinkled among the various blocks. Typical of the time period in which the vineyard was planted, wines produced from the vineyard tend to largely be field blends comprised of a dominant varietal (usually Zinfandel) that is accompanied by smaller amounts of the various varietals that were picked simultaneously and co-fermented.
Saitone is one of the oldest vineyards out on Olivet and honoring its heritage through dry farming and sustainable practices is part of our commitment to preserving its legacy.
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