95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah
San Louis Obispo County
Through eight vintages, the old Paso Robles Vineyard belonging to the Dusi family has produced one of our most appealing and accessible Zinfandels. The 1981 is no exception. It is rich and full yet despite its youth the tannin is beginning to soften. It should be enjoyable this winter, but will develop with two or three years of bottle age.
Begun in 1959, Ridge was one of the first of today’s chateau-size California wineries, that is, those that attempt only the highest quality at the quality levels of the classified chateaux (up to 40,000 cases). All the wines are aged in small oak cooperage with the majority receiving no cellar treatment other than racking. Located above 2300 feet on the Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains, our winery and main vineyards overlook San Francisco Bay.
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