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: 5 September - 16 October
Grapes: Average Brix 25.5˚
Fermentation: 100% natural primary and secondary fermentation. 100% submerged
cap; pressed at ten days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (25% new, 7% two years old, 34% three
and 34 % four years old)
Aging: Eleven months in barrel
Rainfall: 12 inches (below average)
Bloom: Early May
Weather: Almost ideal conditions, dry summer and fall.
Benito Dusi Vineyard grapes, hand harvested. Destemmed and crushed. Fermented
on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria. A
total of 1.3 percent rehydration (added to two of seven fermentors during fermentation).
Minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35ppm at crush, 113ppm over the course of aging).
Oak from barrel 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 ripe black cherry, plum, toasted oak, and caramel. Notes of mincemeat, plum,
old-vine pepper spice on the palate with firm acid, defined tannins and an intense finish.