The most stressed of these old vines were harvested first and, when crushed, measured very high in sugar. Based on our tastings after fermentation of the various wines, we set aside these, the richest and ripest of a very ripe vintage, fo ran Advance Tasting Program release. The nose of this beautifully structured wine is almost plummy, and there is plentiful fresh raspberry fruit in the mouth. The ’92 Dusi will be at its best over the next five years.
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.
Average Rating: 89
No. of Tasting Notes: 3
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