The Benito Dusi Ranch is the only vineyard in the Central Coast Viticultural Area from
which we source grapes. Our Monte Bello vineyards are in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Viticultural Area which is not in the Central Coast. The 1967 vintage was our first wine
from this vineyard. It was planted to zinfandel in 1922 which is unusual because Prohibition
had started two years earlier. Purchased by Sylvester and Catarina Dusi in 1924,
the property has been farmed since the 1940s by their son Benito, the owner.
Harvest Dates: 3 September – 8 October
Grapes: Average Brix 24.7˚
Fermentation: 100% natural primary and secondary fermentation; 37% submerged cap and 63% floating cap; pressed at ten days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels 17% new, 51% one and two years old,
32% three, four and five years old).
Aging: Eleven months in barrel
Rainfall: 7 inches (half of normal)
Bloom: Early May
Weather: Dry winter, summer and fall. Warm temperatures.
Benito Dusi Vineyard grapes, hand harvested; destemmed and crushed;
fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally
occurring bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine
(35ppm at crush, 166ppm over the course of aging). Pad filtered at bottling.
In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Aromas of cherries, pomegranate, rhubarb, and pepper spice. Cherry jam flavors on entry
with lively acidity, fruit-covered tannins, and a sweet oak finish.