2006 Dusi Ranch Bottle March 2008 100% ZINFANDEL BENITO DUSI RANCH Benito Dusi's eighty-five-year-old vineyard—o...Read more...
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2006 Dusi Ranch Bottle March 2008 100% ZINFANDEL BENITO DUSI RANCH Benito Dusi's eighty-five-year-old vineyard—one of the oldest surviving in Paso Robles—was slow to ripen this season. Most of the grapes were in by the end of September, but the small parcel just east of Beni's house required another month to intensify flavors. The amount of shriveling visible as the gondolas were tipped into the crusher was evidence of some very ripe fruit. Natural yeasts began fermentation within twelve hours of crush. The skins were held ubmerged in juice for the six days until dryness, nhancing extraction of olor and tannin. econdary fermentation took six weeks to omplete; we then racked to air-dried american oak barrels, a quarter of which were new. Upon blind tasting the finished lots for assemblage, we found that the last-picked grapes best evoked the richness of a typical Dusi. Full body and sweet fruit make this wine immediately appealing; it will be at its best over the next five to six years. EB (12/07)
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