Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2012

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Fantastic new Ridge Zinfandel from the Dusi Vineyard in Paso Robles Benito Dusi Ranch is the only vineyard on the Central Coast that Ridge sources grapes from and they ve been making wines from the Zin vines there since 1967 The wines from this site are

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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 Zinfandel Paso Robles

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Snooth User: Teppo
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 06/24/2012

Three glasses


Snooth User: JonDerry
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 10/05/2011

Deep dark red color, but not much of a nose, at least yet. Strong and ripe Zin fruit, with lively acidity and some judicious oak influence. Medium finish, without a lot of bite. 88-89 points.


Snooth User: pfmackin
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 02/10/2011

While not my favorite Ridge, this wine is well balanced with enough fruit to allow the acidic balancing to support a broad range of food pairings. We drink Paso with chicken as easily as beef - it's that drinkable. I agree that decanting this wine is vital and waiting a few years is preferable - if you can!


Snooth User: show
130028208
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/12/2009

I really love Ridge. This wine also is excellent as well, but we should wait at least a couple of years for the maturity. But if you want to enjoy this wine now, I recommend you to decant the wine first and actually I did it.


Snooth User: gbover
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 07/25/2011

Very smooth right out of the bottle with a perfect spice finish.


Snooth User: skylash
14345127
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 03/17/2009

very well balanced, almost classic zin. spice, not overbearing fruit, brambly, very drinkable on day 1 and day 2 (vacuumed).


Snooth User: drift75
8128984
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 09/01/2008

Three and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/06/2014

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: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/06/2014

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
Vintage: 2011 01/16/2013

A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2011 Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2010 07/30/2013

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.


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Vintage: 2010 03/30/2013

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
Vintage: 2010 01/10/2013

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. 5,000 cases made. -TF Garnet/medium ruby. Cherry-rhubarb compote, crushed pepper, creamy oak. Bright fruit entry, elegant mid-palate, great fruit/tannin balance; lively acidity in a long finish. -Eric Baugher ** Only 17 in Stock **


External Review
Vintage: 2010 03/30/2013

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: 2012–2018.


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Fantastic new Ridge Zinfandel from the Dusi Vineyard in Paso Robles Benito Dusi Ranch is the only vineyard on the Central Coast that Ridge sources grapes from and they ve been making wines from the Zin vines there since 1967 The wines from this site are

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