Ridge Vineyards Benito Dusi Ranch Paso Robles Zinfandel 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

90 points California Grapevine: Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, briary, cedary, dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of dill, black pepper, and toffee; medium-full to full body; forward, rich, textured, cedary, blackberry fruit flavors with firm acidity; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Easy to drink now. Very highly recommended. 14.4% alcohol; 100% Zinfandel; released April 2012. (Jun 2012)

Region: USA » California » Central Coast

Vintages


+ Vintage
Winery: Ridge Vineyards
Color: Red
Varietal: Zinfandel
  • + My Wines

    My Wines

    Save in My Wines

    Add to Wishlist

    My Cellar

  • + List It
  • + Critic Score

    Submit a Critic Score

    Score:

    Name of Critic:

    Close
0 5 0.5
Average Rating Rate It Add
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

External Reviews for Ridge Vineyards Benito Dusi Ranch Paso Robles Zinfandel

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/24/2012

Bright purple. Cherry and blackcurrant aromas are complemented by cracked pepper, mocha and musky herbs. Expressive and gently sweet on the palate, offering supple dark fruit flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Finishes on a sweet blackberry note, with very good breadth and gentle tannins.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2010 Zinfandel Paso Robles Benito Dusi Ranch wraps around the palate with soft, lush fruit. This is distinctly Paso in its opulent, generous personality. Dark red cherries, flowers and spices flesh out on the finish. The Benito Dusi is delicious, but it stops just shy of being truly distinctive. On the plus side, it is more approachable than some of the other 2010s and should drink well upon release. Anticipated maturity: 2012andndash;2018.


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

Offers appealing aromas of plum, licorice and underbrush that lead to concentrated flavors of smoky black cherry and spicy herbs. Shows nicely focused acid and tannin balance. Still young. Best from 2014 through 2018.



All Prices

Shipping to:

90 points California Grapevine: Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, briary, cedary, dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of dill, black pepper, and toffee; medium-full to full body; forward, rich, textured, cedary, blackberry fruit flavors with firm acidity; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Easy to drink now. Very highly recommended. 14.4% alcohol; 100% Zinfandel; released April 2012. (Jun 2012)

Best Wine Deals

  • $20.99
    34%off
    Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir Hemel-En-Aarde Valley
    Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir Hemel-En-Aarde Valley 2010
  • $25.39
    23%off
    Sonoma Coast Vineyards Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Gold Ridge Hills
    Sonoma Coast Vineyards Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Gold Ridge Hills 2010
See More Deals »

Zinfandel Top Lists








Snooth Media Network