95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah
San Louis Obispo County
The old Dusi vineyard produced a fairly large crop in this cool year. The grapes were picked early and produced a wine more elegant and less heavy in body than the classic 1976. The addition of a small percentage of Petite Sirah added complexity, while twenty months in small oak cooperage considerably softened the wine. It should be enjoyable by this winter and develop further with a year or two of bottle age.
Ridge wine is made with an emphasis on quality and naturalness that is rarely attempted. Our grapes are grown in select vineyards (usually identified on the label), where they are left to ripen to peak maturity, often at some loss of quantity. We let the wine settle and age in small barrels, with only rare cellar treatment other than racking. Varieties are not blended unless indicated on the label. Near Black Mountain on Monte Bello Ridge, our main vineyard is 10 miles south of Palo Alto, 15 miles inland from the ocean, and over 2000 feet in elevation.
Average Rating: 92
No. of Tasting Notes: 1
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