Ridge 2010 Dusi Ranch Zinfandel

2010 Dusi Ranch


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Varietal Information
100% Zinfandel

14.8% Alcohol by Volume

History

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.

Vintage

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

Growing Season

Rainfall: 13 inches (below average)
Bloom: Mid June
Weather: Cool late spring, warm summer; long, warm fall.

Tasting Notes and Reviews


2004 DUSI RANCH ZINFANDEL


Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine - 2007/4/1


Zinfandel - New Releases


2005 Ridge, "Dusi Ranch," Paso Robles ($28) -- Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, spicy, briary, sweet dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with overtones of dill and white pepper; full body; forward, rich, plummy raspberry jam flavors with a full, rounded mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. 15.2% alcohol; 5,000 cases; 100% Zinfandel; released April 2007. Group Score: 16.3, 1/0/5; My Score: 17 [90/100], fourth place)

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2005 ZINFANDEL DUSI RANCH


Charles E. Olken, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - 2007/9/1


Zinfandel


2005 RIDGE Dusi Ranch Paso Robles SCORE: 83 On the one hand ripe and reasonably fruity, but on the other a touch too tangy and tight, this zesty youngster fails to follow up on its early promise, and its altogether tempting suggestions of sweet berries and vanilla-bean oak are, in the end, sadly lost to stinging acidity.

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2003 DUSI RANCH ZINFANDEL


Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine - 2005/4/1


Zinfandel - New Releases


2003 Ridge, "Paso Robles, Dusi Ranch," San Luis Obispo County ($26) Medium-dark ruby with purplish tinges; attractive, forward, intense, ripe blackberry fruit aroma with overtones of creamy American oak, chocolate, and black pepper; full body; big, forward, rich, creamy, plush, ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors with a full, rounded mouth feel verging on a late harvest style; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very enjoyable to drink now. Very highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; 2,500 cases, 100% Zinfandel; released April 2005. (Group Score: 16.1, 3/2/2; My Score: 17 [90/100], second place)

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2003 DUSI RANCH ZINFANDEL


Charles E. Olken, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - 2006/1/1


Zinfandel


RIDGE Dusi Ranch Paso Robles 2003 **SCORE: 91 Perhaps the friendliest and most accessible of the Ridge family, and unquestionably one of the out-and-out richest, the latest Dusi Ranch bottling is positively oozing with raspberries, vanilla, milk chocolate and sweet plums. It is plump on the palate and built in a softer, less-tannic style, and, where its kin from Lytton Springs and Geyserville will grow into greater things, this one is meant for enjoying right now.

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2002 DUSI RANCH ZINFANDEL


Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 2005/2/28


Ridge Vineyards


Ridge has been a reference point winery for so many years you would think they are hundreds of years old. The fact is, their history began in 1886, when an Italian doctor purchased over 180 acres on the top of Monte Bello Ridge. Prohibition put an end to that period of history, but in 1959, some of the original vineyard was purchased by the founders of the modem day Ridge winery. Their first commercial vintage was 1962, and the current winemaker, Paul Draper, arrived in 1968. The 2002 marks 40 vintages of the Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine, making it, by California terms, an ancient cuvée. With respect to Ridge’s Zinfandel program, Paul Draper, who deserves much of the credit for making Zinfandel famous, continues to turn out a bevy of delicious Zinfandels in addition to numerous multi-varietal blends. 2002 ZINFANDEL DUSI RANCH (ATP) -- PASO ROBLES The big (at least by Ridge standards) 2002 Zinfandel Dusi Ranch is a 100% Zinfandel that tips the scales at 14.8% alcohol. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a sweet nose displaying an Amarone-like charcoal/creosote character intermixed with black fruit, barbecue spice, and smoky notes. This medium to full-bodied, dense, chunky, muscular, mouth-filling, teeth- staining Zin should be consumed over the next 5-7 years. ($25.00) Score: 92

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2001 ZINFANDEL DUSI RANCH


Charles E. Olken, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - 2003/6/1


Zinfandel


Score 87 ~ 1 Star * RIDGE Dusi Ranch Paso Robles 2001 Always one of Ridge's softest and most open Zinfandels, the Dusi Ranch bottling holds true to form in 2001 and shows lots of sweet, baked berry elements streaked with cocoa, caramel and faint suggestions of dried herbs. Plump and fleshy in feel, and fairly tame in both heat and tannin, it is a wine for drinking in the near term while its heavier, more structured kin develop further over time. $25.00

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2001 ZINFANDEL DUSI RANCH


Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 2003/10/31


California Zinfandels – A Very Good Vintage


2001 Zinfandel Dusi Ranch (ATP) -- SCORE: 89 Paul Draper continues to perform brilliantly with his diverse group of Zinfandels and Zinfandel-based blends. His recent portfolio did not reveal a single disappointing offering…I also tasted three ATP (Advanced Tasting Program) offerings from Ridge. These wines are only available to Ridge's mailing list customers. The 2001 Zinfandel Dusi Ranch (ATP) (100% Zinfandel) exhibits Amarone-like characteristics of prunes, asphalt, tar, and overripe cherries. Although dense and chewy, it lacks complexity. Consume it over the next 4-5 years.

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2000 ZINFANDEL DUSI RANCH


W. Blake Gray, San Francisco Chronicle - 2005/3/10


Philosopher/winemaker Paul Draper runs Ridge Vineyards with...


2000 Ridge Dusi Ranch Paso Robles Zinfandel ($25) Shy aroma of blackberry, black plum, barnyard and sage. Flavors of blackberry and vanilla. Simple and nice. Short finish. It's 100 percent Zin.

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2000 DUSI RANCH ZINFANDEL


Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar - 2002/5/1


Focus on California


2000 Zinfandel Dusi Ranch California ($25): Red-ruby. High-toned aromas of dark berries and meat. Juicy and intensely flavored, with explosive zin berries perfectly framed by bright acidity. This has impressive raw material. Heady and long on the finish, with the wine's sweetness of fruit outlasting its ripe tannins. 92.

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2000 DUSI RANCH ZINFANDEL


Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine - 2002/4/1



2000 Ridge, "Dusi Ranch," Paso Robles ($25) Medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, floral, jammy, briary, brambly, sweet strawberry and raspberry aroma with notes of dill, anise, and chocolate; full body; big, rich, textured, jammy, peppery, ripe black fruit flavors; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended. An ATP selection sold through their mailing list. 14.6% alcohol; 942 cases; 100% Zinfandel; released March 2002. (Group Score: 16.0, 1/1/2; My Score: 16.5 [89/100], fourth place)

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2000 DUSI RANCH ZINFANDEL


James Laube, Wine Spectator - 2002/6/15


New Releases, California Zinfandel & Blends


SCORE: 86 Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles Dusi Ranch 2000 $25 Very ripe, with jammy, lead pencil and salad-dressing oil aromas and flavors. This is another Ridge 2000 that's a bit off the beaten path, trailing into some offbeat flavors. Drink now through 2005. 973 cases made. –J.L.

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1999 DUSI RANCH ZINFANDEL


James Laube, Wine Spectator - 2001/6/15


New Releases, California, Zinfandel


Ridge Zinfandel San Louis Obispo Dusi Ranch 1999 $25 Chocolate, smoke and coconut tones from toasty oak mesh nicely with flavors of plum and dried currants, underscored by modest tannins. Drink now through 2005.775 cases made.

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1998 DUSI RANCH


Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 2000/6/26


California's 1998 Zinfandels


The 1998 Dusi Ranch (the only 100% Zinfandel offering tasted from Ridge) exhibits aromas of roasted peanuts and smoky, black cherry and currant fruit. There is good structure and delineation, a dense, rich, medium to full-bodied palate, and a long, concentrated finish. Interestingly, the back label indicated this was the first time in over twenty-five years that the Dusi Ranch was harvested in October because of the extremely cold, wet spring.

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1998 DUSI RANCH ZINFANDEL


Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 1998/8/31


1998 California Zinfandel


Ridge has consistently done a fine job with their Zinfandel from the Dusi Ranch in Paso Robles. The 1998 (95% Zinfandel and 5% Petite Sirah with 14.6% alcohol) boasts a deep saturated ruby/purple color (among the darkest of the Ridge offerings), and subtle aromatics (primarily earth intermixed with black raspberries, pepper, and licorice). This medium to full-bodied, spicy Zinfandel appears to possess a firm structure and ageability, but it does not have the underlying depth to warrant cellaring beyond 4-5 years.

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1998 DUSI RANCH ZINFANDEL


Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine - 2000/4/1


Zinfandel


Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, rich, smoky, ripe currant, strawberry and raspberry fruit aroma; full body; forward, big, rich, jammy, plummy, concentrated, cedary, briary, ripe, wild berry fruit flavors with notes of creamy oak, medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Should continue to develop with some bottle aging. 14.9% alcohol; 2,857 cases; 100% Zinfandel; released April 2000.

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1997 DUSI RANCH ZINFANDEL LATE PICKED


ARG, PRE, SAM, WHS, D&D, Tastings - 1999/12/1


California Reviews


Saturated cherry-purple hue. Rich aromas of black cherries and chocolate, with alcohol showing. Rich on the attack, with a full-bodied palate, showing dark chocolate flavors and velvety tannins. Opulent and very concentrated. Drink now.

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1997 DUSI RANCH LATE PICKED ZINFANDEL


Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 1999/6/21


California's 1997 Zinfandels


Readers with a sweet tooth will enjoy the 1997 Zinfandel Dusi Ranch Late Picked more than I did. It is a big sugar bowl of a Zinfandel that is released as part of the ATP program. The alcohol is a lofty 15.7%, and the sugar at this stage of the wine’s development tends to consume much of the varietal character. Nevertheless, it is fat, medium to full-bodied, and chewy. It should drink well for a decade.

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