The zinfandel on this Paso Robles ranch was planted
in 1923. It was purchased soon after by Sylvester and
Catarina Dusi, who raised three sons there—Guido,
Dante, and Benito. When Guido and Dante went to
war in 1944, vineyard cultivation was left to
Sylvester and young Benito—eleven years old at the
time. Beni, as his many friends call him, maintained
the vines from then on. Ridge's long relationship with
Beni and the Dusi vineyard began when Dave
Bennion—scouting the area in 1967—knocked on the
Dusis' door and asked to buy five tons of grapes.
Harvest Dates: 22 September
Grapes: Average brix 26.7 degrees
Fermentation: 100% submerged cap fermentation; natural primary and secondary. Pressed at nine days.
Barrels: Air-dried american oak, 60% one and two years old, and 40% five years old.
Aging: Ten months
Rainfall: 13 inches (below average)
Bloom: Mid June
Weather: Cool late spring, warm summer; long, warm fall.