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Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel Benito Dusi Ranch 2012

Member Review by RandyFisher:

At five years of age it's hard to get past the alcohol on the nose but once you do the wine is red fruited with high acidity for zinfandel and a softish bit of tannin on the finish. Second day: Wine is very portish on the nose. More fruit has emerged and the tannins are very soft.

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Winery: Ridge Vineyards
Color: Red
Varietal: Zinfandel
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Ridge Vineyards:
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearing tall boots), a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name... Read more
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearing tall boots), a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge's production facility. At 2600', it is surrounded by the "upper vineyard." In the 1940s, William Short, a theologian, bought the abandoned winery and vineyard just below the Perrone property; he replanted several parcels to cabernet sauvignon in the late 1940s. From these vines — now the "middle vineyard"— new owners Dave Bennion and his three partners, all Stanford Research Institute engineers, made a quarter-barrel of "estate" cabernet. That Monte Bello Cabernet was among California's finest wines of the era. Its quality and distinctive character, and the wines produced from these same vines in 1960 and '61, convinced the partners to re-bond the winery in time for the 1962 vintage. The first zinfandel was made in 1964, from a small nineteenth-century vineyard farther down the ridge. This was followed in 1966 by the first Geyserville zinfandel. The founding families reclaimed the Monte Bello terraces, increasing vineyard size from fifteen to forty-five acres. Working on weekends, they made wines of regional character and unprecedented intensity. By 1968, production had increased to just under three thousand cases per year, and in 1969, Paul Draper joined the partnership. A Stanford graduate in philosophy—recently returned from setting up a winery in Chile's coast range—he was a practical winemaker, not an enologist. His knowledge of fine wines and traditional methods complemented the straightforward "hands off" approach pioneered at Ridge. Under his guidance the old Perrone winery (acquired the previous year) was restored, the finest vineyard lands leased or purchased, the consistent quality and international reputation of the wines established. Cabernet and zinfandel account for most of the production; syrah, grenache, carignane, and petite sirah constitute a small percentage. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of chardonnay since 1962. Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. A quarter century's experience with this vineyard had convinced us that it was an exceptional piece of ground. Forty consecutive vintages of Geyserville attest to yet another stunning combination of location and varietals. Though born in the early sixties to the post-Prohibition world of modern California winemaking, Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. Our approach is straightforward: find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit's distinctive character and richness into the wine. Read less

Member Reviews for Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel Benito Dusi Ranch

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Snooth User: RandyFisher
10733941,886
3.50 5
05/15/2017

At five years of age it's hard to get past the alcohol on the nose but once you do the wine is red fruited with high acidity for zinfandel and a softish bit of tannin on the finish. Second day: Wine is very portish on the nose. More fruit has emerged and the tannins are very soft.


Snooth User: RandyFisher
10733941,886
3.50 5
12/15/2014

All alcohol on the nose, not a hint of fruit. Very acidic with a slightly bitter finish. Suspect it is corked. Very disappointed. The 2011 was wonderful, will have to try another bottle. Second bottle. Red fruit and alcohol on the nose. Red and black fruit on the palate with lots of acidity and the tiniest touch of tannin. At 14.8% abv, the smell and taste of alcohol stand out. It needs more fruit. A really pleasant wine but Ridge has spoiled me and I expect more from them.


External Reviews for Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel Benito Dusi Ranch

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/31/2014

An old-school style, this is briary and full of zesty fruit, with aromas of bright cherry, grilled herb and fresh earth leading to smoky plum and cracked pepper flavors that linger toward ripe tannins. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/31/2014

Ridge has bottled zin from the Benito Dusi Ranch — planted in 1922 on the warm, gravelly hills south of the town of Paso Robles — since the 1967 vintage. In 2012, it’s a red with both raw power and surprising detail, the aromas oscillating between cured meat, black spice and brighter floral tones. The fruit feels full to the point of bursting, yet there’s sophistication to the structure, the tannins fine and mineral and alive — speaking to a resonant match of variety, site and soil amplified by vine age. It’s utterly Californian, a grand and sunny red to open when you’ve got a good enough reason to roast a whole lamb.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/13/2015

The 2012 Zinfandel Benito Dusi Ranch (a 90-year-old parcel) is a big, boisterous effort (14.8% natural alcohol) that is best drunk in its first 4–6 years of life. An earthy, spicy, peppery, meaty, full-bodied wine, it exhibits lots of dark brambleberry and briery fruit in a fleshy, straightforward, succulent, tasty style.



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