2021 Benito Dusi Zinfandel

2021 Benito Dusi Zinfandel

Wine Information

100% Zinfandel

96 PointsZinfandel Chronicles

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Dusi Ranch


Paso Robles

Alcohol By Volume


Winemaker Tasting Notes

Deep ruby color with aromas of dark plum, dusty strawberries, rhubarb, sarsaparilla, and sweek oak. Dense and weighty on the palate with bold red and blue fruit, nice mid-palate structure, and a long, lingering finish. TG (10/22)

Vintage Notes

Though challenged by a dry winter, these deep-rooted, old vines found the water to set a good crop. The well-drained, gravelly soils of the Canyon parcel provided the ripeness needed for this rich wine. It shows the exotic fruit of the vineyard and is both enjoyable now and worthy of aging over the next ten years. TG (10/22)


The zinfandel on this Paso Robles ranch was planted in 1923. The property 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 called him, maintained the vines for nearly 75 years, until his passing in 2019. 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.

Growing Season

Rainfall: Less than five inches (below normal)
Bloom: Early May
Weather: Winter rains were light this year. The zinfandel vines at Dusi Ranch came through the dry year with good yields.


Harvest Dates: 22 – 28 September
Grapes: Average Brix 25.5˚
TA: 7.95 g/L
pH: 3.60
Fermentation: Grapes de-stemmed and crushed; fermented on the naturally occurring yeast, followed by full malolactic on naturally occurring bacteria.
Barrels: 100% air-dried American oak barrels (19% new, 38% one year old, 32% two years old, 8% three years old, and 3% neutral).
Aging: Thirteen months in barrel

Benito Dusi Vineyard grapes, hand-harvested; de-stemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 ppm at crush, 55 ppm over the course of aging); pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.


Zinfandel Chronicles: 96 Points “Bright crimson in color. Sensational nose of red fruits, licorice and baking spices. Medium body with mouth watering acidity. Absolutely packed with bright, juicy fruits. Cherry, raspberry liqueur, boysenberry and pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Always one of my favorite wines in the Ridge Zinfandel portfolio. Best over the next 3-5 years.” -Tom Lee (September 2023)