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Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel Benito Dusi Ranch 2008

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

Medium ruby-red. Strawberry preserves, black cherry, coffee, mocha and a hint of pepper on the somewhat port-like nose. Concentrated and dense, with flavors of red berries and eucalyptus. Hints at less even ripening than the last couple of wines, despite the higher alcohol. I don't get the same impression of complexity or flavors development. Tannins are slightly astringent.

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External Reviews for Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel Benito Dusi Ranch

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Medium ruby-red. Strawberry preserves, black cherry, coffee, mocha and a hint of pepper on the somewhat port-like nose. Concentrated and dense, with flavors of red berries and eucalyptus. Hints at less even ripening than the last couple of wines, despite the higher alcohol. I don't get the same impression of complexity or flavors development. Tannins are slightly astringent.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 1998 Dusi Ranch (the only 100% zinfandel offering tasted from Ridge) exhibits aromas of roasted peanuts and smoky, black cherry and currant fruit. There is good structure and delineation, a dense, rich, medium to full-bodied palate and a long, concentrated finish. Interestingly, the back label indicated this was the first time in over twenty-five years that the Dusi Ranch was harvested in October because of the extremely cold, wet spring.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Deep blackish ruby cast. Moderately full-bodied. Balanced acidity. Moderately extracted. Mildly oaked. Mildly tannic. Chocolate, black fruits. Somewhat reserved aromatically, but rich and flavorful on the palate. Amazingly lush, with a supple velvety texture. Quite well balanced should only gain in complexity with age.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Chocolate, smoke and coconut tones from toasty oak mesh nicely with flavors of plum and dried currants, underscored by modest tannins. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Raspberry-blackberry jam with a kick. The high glycerine and alcohol levels in this wine, combined with the massive fruit extract, make it seem almost sweet, despite its modest .5% residual sugar. Drink now and over the next couple of years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Very dark and ripe, with rich, complex layers of plum, black cherry, wild berry, tar and cedar, finishing with smooth, supple tannins. Drink now through 2002.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Complex and zesty, offering a distinctive sense of place. Lively wild raspberry and spicy dill aromas open to crisp, layered and supple stewed plum, licorice and coconut-tinged oak flavors. The tannins are appealingly rustic. Drink now through 2014.


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