The Poor Ranch was first planted in the 1880s on a hillside east of Hopland, in Mendocino County. The vineyard is dry-farmed organically. The vines have never been irrigated. The vineyard blocks range from 860’- 1800’ elevation, and are almost always high above the fog that can affect much of Mendocino County.
After a grand tour of the vineyard, we selected the Gypsy Block for our first Zinfandel. This 1.67-acre block was planted at 1500’ in 1987. It has yielded a mere 1.75 tons to the acre over the past decade. We visited often to check on the vines.