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Made famous by Ravenswood's Zinfandel bottling, the Bucklin's Old Hill Ranch also includes six acres of Cabernet planted in 1983. By the way, although Old Hill was named after the original grape grower, a fellow named William McPherson Hill who planted Zinfandel here in the 1850s, the Cabernet is actually planted on a hill, and can be seen from California Highway 12, near B.R. Cohn Winery. This part of Sonoma Valley is often called the "banana belt" of the valley, because of its warmth--ideal for Cab. The winery's vintage notes: "The 2012 Cab has fruit aromas of cherries, currants and plums. There is a modest background of eucalyptus and lavender spice with oak wood and toast aromas. It is a lean-textured wine with ripe flavors of blackberries and raspberries with slight earthy notes and cedar, anise and vanilla oak spice. The big tannins and lean acidity suggest that this wine will benefit greatly from aging."